I think you are correct. It seems that Florentina usually sends a
longer side branch up from low down like most of the "germanicas", and even if
it doesn't, the shorter side branches seem to start lower down (I think) be a
bit longer and spread a bit more. The over-all look is a bit looser and
less refined in Florentina. The foliage adds to this affect, since it is
usually narrower and a bit less "stiff" looking.
I will have the first Albicans open today (I think), but Florentina will be
at least a week away. I'll try to get some measurements. Both will
probably run a bit small in all measurements here though.
I looked closely at the Albicans buds, and there is perhaps a very very
very faint tint of blue in them if the sun hits them just right (but it looks
more like a touch of gray). It is so faint that it could just be my
imagination! I can see no trace of blue in open flowers at all.
As an aside, similar "germanica-esk" plants soon in flower, probably
starting today, are Black Night, Eleanor Roosevelt, Susa, and a blue bitone
"germanica" for which I don't know a name (the flowers look exactly like a
larger version of 'Othello', which it definitely is not).
Interestingly, the foliage of Eleanor and Black looks about
the same as that of Florentina, while the foliage of the blue one and Susa
look like that of Albicans. The flowers are not open yet, and the bracts
are still mostly green on all of them, so I cannot compare these properly till
central NM, ?USDA Zone 8a
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, April 01, 2004 9:38
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: Re:
Allbicans ? Florentina?
David; I am always trying to quantify things because I have a ruler
but don't always have the two plants. You said albicans is smaller flowered
which fits my memory of it. If you have both could you give us a measure. Also
My faulty memory tells me that albicans branches at above the halfway point of
the stalk while florentina's first branch is below the halfway point. Is my