Long Beach, CA(Zone 10a)

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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Delhi, India

bunching of leaves suggests Dietes spp

Long Beach, CA(Zone 10a)

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)

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

Iris missouriensis?

Long Beach, CA(Zone 10a)

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

Does it stay evergreen? if so, then maybe Iris foetidissima?

Long Beach, CA(Zone 10a)

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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