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  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: I RUDSKYII
  • From: Robt R Pries rpries@sbcglobal.net
  • Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2005 14:38:20 -0700 (PDT)

Donald is correct in that if you have the plant growing in hand so to speak you can write a detailed description of what you have. Much better than what has been reproduced in books. Things like how tall and wide are the flowers? How many buds and branches. Are the leaves wide, How wide? are they pleated? What is the size of the rhizome. These and many more questions are what a botanist would ask when viewing a wild population. But guess what most of the time plants are described from single specimens, often that have been dried first. Just because you have only one plant does not put you at a disadvantage. Iris variegata has nothing to do with variegated leaves. The variegata flower pattern of light yellow or white tops and reddish brown or purplish falls respectively is what we refer to as the variegata pattern in Iris flowers. I am not sure how the name variegata was chosen for that species but I suspect it had something to do with the veining at the hafts of the flower.

donald <donald@eastland.net> wrote:

Great responses on the location for Macedonia! Lots more fun than
having to look up something I should have been able to remember.
Warm, dry summers; cold winters with snow cover. Typical favored
clime for median iris, I should think. I can provide hot, dry
summers, but medians don't like my mild, temperate winters. Rather
they do like those and grow beautifully during the winter months, but
I think they believe they are just having a mild summer. So, when
real summer arrives, they usually perish. I have managed to locate a
couple of MTBs where they manage pretty well. I try not to disturb
them lest I break the spell.

Eleanor is in a position to give so much more information than either
TWOI or Kohlein. And much more recent. The foliage does not sound
like a variation of I. variegata....does it?


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