Eleanore and all.....
The iris photo that Eleanore posted is
definitely not a form of I. aphylla, nor is it a hybrid cross of I.
aphylla or anything else. I concur with Christy Hensler that it is
probably Lawrence Ransom's 'Vera Ruby' which is a cross between the regelia
hybrid 'Vera' and an SDB. (Ransom registered that the SDB was either
'Third Charm' or 'Triplicate'.) 'Vera Ruby' has standards and falls that
are described as red-brown with red violet centers. The flower is in the
shade in the picture, so I can't pick out all the details. There is
supposed to be, on the falls, a "blackish red diffused spot and haft
veining." I am pretty sure, from what I can see, that the beard on 'Vera
Ruby' matches the registered description: "beard light blue violet, tipped
bronze in throat." 'Vera' is a pure regelia hybrid (RH) and one
of its parents is I. stolonifera. I've crossed I.
stolonifera and SDBs for years, and this has that same tailored form with
elongated petals as some of my seedlings have. Pictured below is my
photo of the RH 'Vera'.