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Re: Re: SPEC: Iris lazica

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: SPEC: Iris lazica
  • From: Kenneth Walker <kenww@pacbell.net>
  • Date: Mon, 03 Sep 2001 08:08:38 -0700

I believe it is difficult to distinguish the species based on flowers though
lazica is supposed to have "larger fiddle-shapped falls". You might
try comparing leaves. unguicularis has thicker, stiffer leaves with strong
ribs particularly along the edges of the leaves. lazica is only weakly ribbed.
If you run your fingers along the leaves; they feel different. unguicularis is
very stiff; lazica only slightly stiff. You might also look at the base of the
leaves. I'm not sure if it a univerisal characteristic, but unguicularis leaves
just come out of the ground and it can be difficult to see leaf "fans". In
lazica the fans are much clearer.

Do you have different cultivars of I. unguicularis? It might be interesting
to compare their leaves to see how much variation they have. I have a
few cultivars, but most are recent and don't have many leaves to look

   Ken Walker
   Concord, CA  USA
   USDA Zone 9, Sunset Zone 14

ptyerman@ozemail.com.au wrote:

> --- In iris-photos@y..., "Peter Maynard" <Peter.Maynard@b...> wrote:
> > Fantastic Paul. probably the biggest flowering clump of I.lazica I
> have ever
> > seen. What is it's garden situation. The "books" usually say it is
> happy in
> > semi shade in a damp soil unlike I.unguicularis, but are so often wrong!
> >
> Peter,
> I'd better get that individual flower photographed then..... to make
> sure it IS I. lazica <grin>.
> Gets afternoon sun.  Treated exactly as my I. unguicularis (in fact is
> about a foot from the nearest clump of them (they run along the edge
> of a path). Get sun for most of the afternoon (but none in morning)
> with a dripper to each clump so they get water when the rest of the
> gardens are watered.  The system they are on is probably the least
> used of any of the watering systems.  Certainly is not damp and shadey.
> REALLY starting to sound like I'd better get the individual photo to
> confirm it is the correct species.
> Cheers.
> Paul Tyerman
> Canberra, Australia
> P.S.  For reference one of my clumps of I. unguicularis (in this case
> 'Blue Stripe') thrives in shadey conditions that are quite damp.  By
> the sound of it it shouldn't?
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