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HIST: Grapes and Stripes

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: HIST: Grapes and Stripes
  • From: Henryanner <Henryanner@aol.com>
  • Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 08:58:13 -0600 (MDT)

In a message dated 98-05-09 15:24:20 EDT, you write:

<< Also, I noticed the variegated leaf iris(cream and green leaves) has a very
 pronounced grape scent.  I'm not sure of the name but I have seen it at every
 garden center I've visited. >>

Hi, Linda,

Yes, you are correct. The variegated bearded iris you are seeing in the garden
centers is a variegated leafed form of the species IRIS PALLIDA, which is
lavender in bloom and very fragrant. It comes in two forms, one with blue-
green leaves with white stripes, and the more common one with yellow-green
leaves with cream stripes. The latter, often sold as ZEBRA, is much the more
vigorous for me and has the distinction this year of being the first tall iris
to bloom in my garden, and will probably be the last still in bloom.
Remarkably plant and one which the wider horticultural community has long
favored for foliage interest. The only problem I notice with it is that the
light areas of the leaves can burn in the bright sun. Otherwise it is a
charmer and one which can punctuate the corner of an iris bed  very
effectively, adding interest long past bloom season. This year a good deal of
attention is being given to variegated-leaf plants and we are seeing it around
even more than usual, although frequently better plants can be gotten more
cheaply from iris specialists. 

Thank you, Linda, for your assistance. HIPS and I appreciate it.

Anner Whitehead
Commercial Source Chairman
Historic Iris Preservation Society,AIS
Henryanner@aol.com, HIPSource@aol.com

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