I have 3 irises which are blooming or in bud. I am uncertain about
their identities and am looking for suggestions.
One of them, I acquired from HQ, a hardware store, and was labeled
as Royal Knight, a dwarf iris. I have also seen Royal Knight listed in the
Dutch Gardens Spring 1996 catalog on p.130 as a 13" dwarf bearded iris
that flowers twice a year. The flowers have not opened yet but they are
going to be purple. The bloomstalk with 3 buds is 18" tall. The foliage
is 18" tall and 1" wide. I have looked in the checklists from 1989 back
and found a Royal Knight in the 1969 checklist registered by R. Brown in
1960 as a 38" TB. Is this a more recent iris? Can TBs and dwarfs have
the same name? Do I have a non-AIS registered iris?
My second one was acquired from a friend who acquired it from a
from a friend. It is a very dark purple rather small iris with a whitish
beard. It first bloomed on Monday, its second bloom is now finished and
there are 3 more buds. The bloom stalk is 22". The foliage is 17" tall
and 3/4" wide.
My third one, also acquired from a friend, is going to be white,
will open today or tomorrow. The bloomstalk is 25", very thick, and has
2 buds. The foliage is 16-17" and 1-3/8" wide.
Are there additional clues I should look for? Are the
rebloomer possibilities too many to narrow it down to what I might have?
Regardless of their identities, I am very excited since these are
the first reblooming irises I have seen blooming in ANY garden!
The named rebloomers that I ordered from Schreiner's a year ago
either died during the winter or did not bloom at all in the spring or in
the fall. I did acquire many rebloomers at the CVIS sale in August,
primarily from my iris storage man in northern VA, but for those I must
wait another year!
Phyllis Soine, Richmond, VA USA
CVIS, Region IV
Zone 7 above the banks of the James River where the overnight temps seemed
to cause no damage but I should start digging my tender things pretty