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Iris Cardinal

By Bliss, 1919

At three feet, this tall bearded iris is a Dominion seedling. It has perfect form and velvety texture.  Lavender standards and rose purple falls accented with yellow beards and white penciling, make this old but really good iris one to have in your garden.  It is well branched and so it blooms for a long period. Zone 3.

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Iris Neglecta

Collected by Hornemann – 1813

This Historic TB Iris is something of an enigma. If I remember the story goes that it was originally thought to be a species I. Neglecta but some believe that it was a naturally occurring hybrid between I. variegata and I. pallida or possibly I variegata and sambucina. There are multiple species of iris growing wild around the Mediterranean and it is uncertain if they are varieties or hybrid crosses of each other.  It was first sold commercially by Biltmore Nursery Iris Catalog in 1912. This little guy has probably under gone some natural selection over the last 200 years as well because you will notice that varieties of this selection sold by different sources are often not exactlyIris Neglecta (3)1 alike. To confuse things even more the title “Neglecta” has come to be used to name a “class” of iris that have a bi-tone color pattern featuring blue and white. Characteristics that this iris should show include dark rich purple falls that are netted with white and lavender standards. The beards are yellow. By today’s standards these would most likely be considered Miniature Tall Bearded. Although they are 2.5 feet tall the flowers are smaller than modern Tall Bearded Iris. They have a delicate form that is beautiful in a light wind.

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Iris Wabash

By Williamson – 1936, Dorothy Dietz X Cantabile.

This historic heirloom became popular in the 40’s and was one of the most popular irises of the time. A beautiful Tall Bearded Iris with snowy white standards that providing a striking contrast to the ultramarine falls finished by a white piping that brightens the margin. They have a light sweet fragrance when they bloom in early June.  Winning the Dykes Memorial medal in 1940 is what really kicked off their popularity. This extremely vigorous variety is great because it will continue to bloom even if it becomes overcrowded.  Wabash is from Indiana where the Williamson’s owned the Longfield Iris Farm, in Bulffton Indiana. This Iris is named after the Wabash River and there is a town of the same name. The river was named for the Indian name Wa-ba-shi-ki which means “bright white”. The Iris farm closed in the late 1950’s, but if you are in Indiana be sure to see the Williamson/Cook Memorial Iris garden.

Bright Hour looks a lot like Wabash, but does not have the reddish purple flushing of the foliage at the base.

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Iris Immortality

By Zurburigg – 1982

Iris immortality

Iris immortality

Tall bearded; 2 ½ – 3 feet tall; zone 3

Pure white with gold tipped beards.

This re-blooming iris will sometimes re-bloom even in northern WI which is unusual. Sweet fragrance.

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Iris I Do

By L. Zurbrigg, R. – 1973.

Iris I Do

Iris I Do

My notes from when I first got this plant say that this is a seedling of Immortality. Another source listed it as Grand Baroque x Amy and by Avonbank 1974.

In any case it is a tall bearded iris. It is 30”-32” tall for us and blooms early to mid-season. It is re-blooming to some extent and more vigorous than it parent. The color of both standards and falls is near white with slight cast of violet and/or greenish yellow, depending on the light. Really, it’s pretty white. The white beard is tipped in pale yellow and the flower is fuller and more ruffled.

I first got this plant, years ago, as a wedding present for a friend. It did so well that in a few years she gave me some back. Both of us have given it many times since for wedding showers and bridesmaid’s gifts.

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Iris Gingersnap

Developed by Schreiner it is a seedling of Brass Accents and Dark Chocolate – 1965

This tall bearded Iris is difficult to show in a photo. The rich ginger brown color with gold accents has a rich sheen that shows up in the right light.

It is taller than 3 feet, but the sturdy stems keep it from tipping even when loaded with tons of blooms. It is an early mid-season bloomer, but the thing that you will really remember is its memorable root beer fragrance. We sometimes call it the root beer Iris.

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Iris Frost Echo

By Aitken; 1995

Iris Frost Echo

Iris Frost Echo

Tall bearded (TB); 2 ½ – 3 feet tall; zone 3

White to very pale lavender. The buds have lavender tinges and the beards are also white.

Re-blooms and has a sweet spicy fragrance.

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Iris California Gold

By Mohr; 1933

Historic tall bearded (TB); 2 ½-3 feet tall; zone 3

Golden yellow standards, falls and beards with white markings on the hafts.

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Iris Beverly Sills

By Hager – 1979

A 2 ½ to 3 foot tall bearded Iris which produces flamingo pink flowers with wide frilly falls in in June. Beverly is a fast grower and usually has at least 5 flowers per scape. Named after the famous opera singer she also sports darker melon colored beards. She won a Dykes Medal in 1985 making her nearly as famous as her namesake.

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