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Plant Identification: Iris ID help needed.

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Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

November 24, 2012
9:20 PM

Post #9341690

A local nursery gave me two of these today. They didn't know what they were and neither do I.
The foliage is very soft and supple, a bluish green color, has NO midrib, and the plants are currently about a foot tall. No evidence of last years flower stalks anywhere. You can see the roots in the pictures. Plants are very healthy and were very rootbound.
Any ideas as to which type of Iris these are ?

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November 24, 2012
10:02 PM

Post #9341699

bunching of leaves suggests Dietes spp
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

November 25, 2012
5:17 PM

Post #9342324

Not a Dietes. I have some of those. Dietes foliage is stiff even when young. I suspect it's some sp. of native Ca. iris. Thanks for trying.
I'll know when it blooms, I guess.


Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 25, 2012
10:01 PM

Post #9342638

I'll throw 'Stinking Iris" in there, see what you think.
Siberian iris, seems to me the roots aren't white like that.
Seattle, WA

November 27, 2012
5:51 PM

Post #9344180

Iris missouriensis?
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

November 27, 2012
6:51 PM

Post #9344239

Could be Stinking Iris, and I. missouriensis as well.
Really hard to tell w/o any flowers on them !
I thought of Siberian, too, but like you said, the roots aren't white.

When I got these (and before I took the pics.) I cleaned out all the dead foliage etc. and it appears they never got any taller than a foot last year. This will be interesting to see what exactly they are when they flower...IF they do.
Seattle, WA

November 27, 2012
6:56 PM

Post #9344244

Does it stay evergreen? if so, then maybe Iris foetidissima?
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

November 27, 2012
7:37 PM

Post #9344275

Good question. Yes, they appear to be evergreen.
The nursery guy told me they were clearing out a hodge-podge selection of another growing yard they have and he brought all these odds and ends plants to the location I went to.
Way down at the crown of the plants I can see vestiges of bloom stalks left from the previous season. They're about half the diameter of a standard pencil.

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