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Re: 1st Japanese bloomed -finally

In a message dated 96-07-19 08:09:27 EDT, you write:

>A few weeks ago I was canoeing on the Au Sable River in central Michigan
>and I saw what I thought were Japenese irises growing in the water along
>with cattails and reeds. There are many such patches
>along the stretch immediately east of Greyling. Only one was blooming and I
>thought I was dreaming because I did not know that irises grew that way.

If the irises were purple (violet) they were probably Iris versicolor.  If
they were yellow they were I. pseudacorus.  The Japanese iris (Iris ensata,
syn. I. kaempferi) and I. laevigata (a true water iris) are natives of East
Asia and are not naturalized in the wild in the U.S (to my knowledge).
 Clarence Mahan in VA

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