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{Disarmed} Re: Orris Iris

  • Subject: {Disarmed} Re: [iris-photos] Orris Iris
  • From: "Eleanor Hutchison" eleanore@mts.net
  • Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 06:49:26 -0500

You're right re 'Florentina', Dave.  I just looked in my database.  In any case, it was lovely and I'm looking for a Canadian source for next year.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 11:34 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Orris Iris (was Re: Seedling - APOLOGIES/Perfumed Seedling)

You're probably talking about Iris 'Albicans' or 'Florentina', both very very old 44 chromosome whites similar to I. x germanica.  They usually bloom early with the +/- 44 chromosome IB's.  When I've ordered "Orris", it is usually 'Florentina'.  I think 'Florentina' is a bit better in cold winter areas and 'Albicans' in hot areas, but both are wide in range of tolerance.  Neither is a wild species; both apparently originated in the Mediterranean region long ago.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 6:36 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] Orris Iris (was Re: Seedling - APOLOGIES/Perfumed Seedling)

A search on Google shows quite a few links that mention Orris grows mainly in southern Europe.
I've grown Orris since 1997.  Last year, we had more than the regular amount of rain and the area Orris was planted in turned into a bog garden.  I moved it, but it was too late, alas.  I'll have to find another source and grow it again.  It has a lovely form and a beautiful white flower. 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, October 09, 2006 9:40 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: Seedling - APOLOGIES/Perfumed Seedling

That must be it El, the Orris Iris.  Where does that primarily grow?  Would you (or anyone out there) happen to know?
~ Margie V.
Oro Valley, AZ.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, October 09, 2006 4:59 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: Seedling - APOLOGIES/Perfumed Seedling

Margie, you're thinking of the Orris iris.  It's still used today to prepare commercial perfume.
El, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Z3
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, October 08, 2006 6:08 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: Seedling - APOLOGIES/Perfumed Seedling

Colleen, I once heard/or read that people use to (and maybe still do) make perfume from iris roots/rhizomes.  I wonder if the roots - say from your highly perfumed seedling - would be more desirable than those roots from irises that have no scent.
~ Margie V.
Oro Valley, AZ.

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