Re: I. tectorum variegatum again
By ''stoloniferous'' do you mean that the rhizome is more like a trailing stem
of the fan as opposed to having the fan arise obliquely from the rhizome?
Based on your description, I am afraid I have been duped as well. It is all a
bit subjective, but the pleating is definitely not there.
No matter though, I have just lost an acquisition (I.tectorum variegatum) and
gained an acquisition (I.japonica variegata). An attractive plant
nonetheless. The iris garden needs more foliage variety to provide some
interest during the other nine months of the year.
still in bloom in coastal South Carolina, USA, zone 8b
Bill Shear wrote:
> Judging from the catalog picture, the "I. tectorum variegatum" offered by
> van Bourgondien's is, in reality, I. japonica variegata. However, I noted
> that We-Du Nursery (North Carolina), which under its previous management I
> found very reliable, had also listed I. tectorum variegatum. So I ordered
> it. As it turned out, something else I wanted was sold out, so they
> doubled up on this iris.
> Alas, comparisons of the foliage and growth habit (stoloniferous) with I.
> japonica variegata already growing in my garden suggest that the plants
> recieved from We-Du are indeed this form and not a tectorum (the foliage of
> tectorum is a different shade of green and distinctively pleated). However,
> they are thriving and I will wait for bloom next year before deciding--who
> knows, maybe I'm wrong....
> Also on the order of reliability: I. ruthenica ordered last year from Niche
> Gardens, and supplied as a generous clump, was I. sanguinea. They quickly
> and courteously refunded. It's an interesting sanguinea, though, quite
> narrow and unlike the usual garden form.
> Bill Shear
> Department of Biology
> Hampden-Sydney College
> Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
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