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Variegated Iris family, probably tropical

Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
Tue, May 27, 14 at 21:37

Hi All, I just picked this up at a botanical garden sale. It was in with the house plants without a tag. It is NOT a hardy variegated regular iris (Iris pallida 'Variegata') or a variegatedJapanese Iris. It is short, maybe 7 inches tall at the most.
Thank you for your help,
Remy


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RE: Variegated Iris family, probably tropical

  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Tue, May 27, 14 at 21:42

Also, it does NOT have big rhizome roots.


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RE: Variegated Iris family, probably tropical

Perhaps Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata'? Just a guess based on a recent visit to Florida where these were very popular outdoor plants.


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RE: Variegated Iris family, probably tropical

Dianella grows like a grass, not in fans like an iris. This looks like it could be a variegated form of Japanese wood iris, Iris japonica (aka orchid iris). A stubby, mostly evergreen species that produces sprays of very fetching orchid-like flowers.

Here is a link that might be useful: Iris japonica 'Variegata'


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RE: Variegated Iris family, probably tropical

I agree it isn't Dianella, but I am intrigued by the OP saying it doesn't have a rhizome. Both Dianella and Iris japonica do and AFAIK, all the fan iris do as well


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RE: Variegated Iris family, probably tropical

Neomarica gracilis variegata?


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RE: Variegated Iris family, probably tropical

OP said no "big rhizome roots - I assume that means rhizomes similar to the Iris pallida or other bearded forms. Iris japonica has what I would consider to be enlarged, fleshy spreading roots - more like Siberian and other bearded iris - rather than the fat, exposed rhizomes of the germanicas.

The solution would be to wait until it bloomed - one would know for sure then :-)


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RE: Variegated Iris family, probably tropical

  • Posted by remy 6WNY (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 10, 14 at 11:48

Hi All,
I got an ID elsewhere. Sisyrinchium striatum 'Variegatum'
Remy


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RE: Variegated Iris family, probably tropical

Has it bloomed yet? That would confirm.


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