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Species Iris - Beginner's Primer Request

Someone in an earlier post to the IRIS-L mentioned that they would
appreciate more talk about species irises.  To get the ball rolling, could
anyone who grows or has grown a fair number of species recommend and
describe some easy and forgiving species which would thrive in the hands of
iris beginners?

I'm looking for a response along the lines of "Seven species irises that no
self-respecting irisarian should be without or should have an excuse to be
without", but feel free to list and describe as many as you can.  I already
grow "Iris cristata" (white and purple), "Iris verna", "Iris
tectorum"(purple), and "Iris pseudacorus".

-Donald (and AWAY WE GO!)

Donald Mosser
North Augusta, South Carolina, USA
On the South Carolina and Georgia Border
Zone 7b-8
First avg. frost date approx. Nov.15th
Last avg. frost date approx. March 15th
Relatively mild winters by New England standards
Winter frosts usually in the 20's(Far.)
HOT and HUMID Summers, highs in the low 100's (Far.)

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