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Re: Iris Garden Manitoba Style
  • Subject: Re: Iris Garden Manitoba Style
  • From: "El Hutchison" <eleanore@mts.net>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 14:55:53 -0500


Good thing it's pretty.  :O
I was sent a huge box of gift goodies back in 2001, from a reputable source, and over the years, I've discovered more than a few were mislabeled, sigh.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 2:36 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Iris Garden Manitoba Style

In a message dated 4/20/2010 11:53:19 AM Mountain Daylight Time, eleanore@mts.net writes:
Boy, I sure hope mine is I songarica.  When it first bloomed here in 2008, after waiting 7, yes 7, years for it to bloom, I couldn't find any pictures on the internet to compare it to.  
It's described as having straplike foliage up to 32" (80 cm). Flowers -lavender-blue to violet.
I'm glad you included a photo of the clump as well as the flower because the plant is sometimes easier to assess.  It's been many years since I grew I. songarica but I'm quite sure it was nothing like yours.   The foliage was quite slender, with the tufted base characteristic of many semi-desert species.  To me, the foliage in your photo appears more like Subgenus Iris than Subgenus Limniris (Mathew). 
Both Mathew & Innes describe the leaves as from 1 to 3 cm wide, so a simple measurement might answer some of your questions. 
Sharon McAllister 

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