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Re: Iris ID

Pat--it would be nice to know where you are.  There are two possibilities:
Iris cristata is a native dwarf that is more common inland, in mountainous
areas, in the northeast.  Its flowers are rather flat but are usually a
lighter blue than what you describe.  However, there are collected
varieties that are much darker. As a crested iris, it fits the description
with the "orange things" running down the center of the falls. The leaves
are quite broad, no more than six inches tall, and rather soft.

The other possible one is Iris verna.  The flowers are more iris-like, with
erect standards.  It does very well under pines, but has a fairly
substantial rhizome.  The leaves are relatively narrow, up to a foot tall,
and tough.

Bill Shear
Department of Biology
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
FAX (804)223-6374

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