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RE: Spuria Identification

  • Subject: [PHOTO] RE: [iris-photos] Spuria Identification
  • From: "Robert Dickow" dickow@uidaho.edu
  • Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 13:43:39 -0800
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This looks a lot like my I. Amanda's Eyes, except that the flowers here appear to be a little more species-like and more nestled in the foliage. I'll bet Amanda's Eyes has a lot of whatever this possible species in it.
Color is not a good identifying feature in spurias. Many clones will vary in color within the same species, and the same clone can vary in different climates. Iris spuria itself has many forms and subspecies. This does not look to me like musselmanica, though I haven't grown it.
Bob Dickow, Moscow Idaho zone 5.
-----Original Message-----
From: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com [mailto:iris-photos@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Lawrence & Helen Lacey
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2006 6:24 PM
To: Iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [iris-photos] Spuria Identification

I have grown this spuria for several years, but wasn't sure what it was.  I thought I had it identified as Musulmanica, but the light blue doesn't match the photo on page 19 of the new Illustrated Spuria Checklist
that Bob Pries has thankfully put together.  Anyone have any suggestions?  How about Cambridge blue or Mrs. Tait?  It's seedlings seem identical or virtually so to the parent.  See below.



 Here is another problem in ID.  I was calling it orientalis, but it doesn't look like the pix on page 12 of the Checklist, and besides it is too short.  It looks a lot like the drawing

on page 133, Halophila.  This one comes out light yellow and fades to white except for the signal and is about 2' tall.  How tall does Halophila Lutea grow?

This white with strong yellow signal and pronounced under curved falls, I have grown for years under the name of Wakerobin.  In discussions with more knowledgeable growers, 
it appears it may actually be orientalis.  It is a tall vigorous grower that comes true from seed, which would indicate it's species nature.  I can't be sure of the differentiation by the 
pix on page 12 and 215 of the checklist.

On the right above is a close-up of a  seedling of whatever the light blue in the top photo is.


Orientalis or Wakerobin, what say the experts?

Lawrence Lacey
Siouxland Iris Society
Sioux City, IA


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