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Re: Strange flowers???

From: "John I. Jones" <nospam@mallorn.com>

Robert Pindell wrote:
> there were
> flowers with missing parts.  The missing parts
> hadn't been eaten by something or pulled off.
> They just *were* not there and never had been
> there.  

> I have had these iris for several years and never
> noticed these missing parts flowers before.  Is
> this sort of thing common? If so, what is it
> called and what causes it?
> One of the neighbors said the plants just got
> tired and said, "that's close enough for
> government work."

Irises don't usually "get tired" they just keep on cloning... unless of course
they bloom out. Missing (or extra) parts are generally thought to be caused by
strange weather/environmental factors.

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