In a message dated 6/10/2009 3:49:13 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Eleanor Roosevelt is a dark purple bitone but your photo shows a
fairly bright, much lighter plumish color.
*This is not my photo, I was one of the people who was trying to id the
iris. You are right, Eleanor Roosevelt is a darker bitone than the one in the
photo provided by Debbie. I too have Eleanor Roosevelt planted on the south
side in my garden and it does appear most of the time a dark purple.
However, when the sunlit streams through it, it appears to be much lighter
magenta/plum like color. I zoomed in to enlarge the beard of Debbie's
flower and it appears to be a light blue/purple beard and deeper
into the beard towards the center of the flower the beard appears to be
*Yes, I looked at Julia Marlowe but the tip of the beard appears
white. It's so hard to ID these irises so much depends on the lighting, the
camera and the monitors.
and scroll down to the picture and see what you think. It
may not be the iris that you have, but I think it is more in the colors of the
pictures you sent. (You may have to copy and paste as it doesn't seem to
automatically provide a link)
*I also viewed some photos of Eleanor Roosevelt at Dave's site. If you
look at all his photos at this site you will see one at the bottom where half of
the flower is light up by sunlight (magenta/plum) and the other half is the
typical darker purple that we are use to seeing in Eleanor Roosevelt.
When viewing Debbie's photo the unopened buds appear to be very
dark, almost black.
If you take your photo - which is excellent in clarity, and lighten it up,
it appears to be a similar color to Debbie's.
Believe me, I am absolutely no expert - far from it. I too was thrown off
by the color and that's why I asked Debbie if her iris blooms in the
early spring and the Fall. It sure is fun playing iris ID
I have this one iris named autumn twilight. In the spring it photographs
& appears lighter pastel colors but in the Fall the colors are deeper
tones. I often wonder if it has something to do with the acid/alkaline changes
in the soil changing from season to season. Kinda like the ability to change
some hydrangea colors form blue to pink.
Thanks for your response.
Jan in Chatsworth