I have had these things for years! and I had them planted in the wrong place, b/c for 6 years I never seen the first bloom. I dug these up at my mother's house about 7 years ago and they were old plants and she even said she didn't know for sure if they would bloom anymore or not....but after we tore our old deck down I had to transplant them b/c I couldn't stand to see them get stomped on by the kids. So last year was the first time they bloomed and there was only 4 blooms in all. Now this year they have decided to show their true colors! and they are blooming their little heads off. So now what is the name of them??
SOLVED: Unknown Iris
Pretty. Are they short? It's hard to tell in the pic. You will probably never find out the real name. There are so many iris hybrids out there you could never be sure which one it is. Browse through the heirloom iris photos here http://www.argyleacres.com/gallery/view_list_historic.asp?historic_z=yes Maybe you'll get lucky.
Thanks Poppysue! I looked at the link and I "think" it comes pretty close to the one called "Amas" What do you think?
Amas look more purple in the picture to me. Hard to say with out seeing it in person. It would help if you could get a little history. Does your Mom know how old they are?? Maybe they were there before she was?? Maybe it's been passed around for a few generations.
It's nice that it bloomed for you. It must be a survivor!!
Far as she can remember my Dad planted them in 1975, and far as she knows they were store bought bulbs. soooo I guess I am back to looking for more info!
Thanks for your help