Other Iris
From Ken Walker's Garden


Asian Alliance
Asian Alliance, Jean Witt 1988
I. versicolor crossed with I. laevigata
Photographed 8 April 2000

Iris collettii
Iris collettii
This iris has a tiny rhizome with swollen roots. The flowers open in mid-morning and close by the end of the afternoon.
Photographed 4 May 2002

Iris decora
Iris decora
This is a relative of Iris collettii.
Photographed 18 May 2003

Iris ensata spontanea
Iris ensata spontanea
This is a redish-purple wild form of the Japanese iris. I grew this plant from seed.
Photographed 5 June 2002

Unknown
Japanese Iris
Iris ensata has been cultivated in Japan for centuries and is popularly known as the Japanese iris. Many of the modern cultivars, such as this one, look much different from the original wild plants. This plant sometimes blooms in mid to late summer, well after my other iris have finished.
Photographed 11 June 2003

Iris foetidissima
Iris foetidissima
This is a European iris. It is unusual in that it thrives in deep shade. It is also drought tolerant. It is grown more for its orange seeds that remain in the pod after is has split open, than for its flowers.
Photographed 5 May 2001

Iris foetidissima
Iris foetidissima with yellow standards
Photographed 20 April 2000
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Iris foetidissima
seeds
Iris foetidissima seeds
Photographed 26 December 2000

Iris hexagona
Iris hexagona
This is one of the Lousiana Iris species. It grows naturally in swamps and other wet places.
Photographed 8 May 2003

Red Dazzler
Red Dazzler, Preston Hale 1969
This Lousiana Iris is often listed as a cultivare of Iris fulva, but is actually a hybrid.
Photographed 15 May 2002

Black Gamecock?
This Lousiana Iris looks like Black Gamecock. It was sold to me as Iris aphylla, but that is a bearded iris, so it was severely mislabeled.
Photographed 15 May 1999

Unknown Louisiana Iris
This iris was sold at a nursery as just a purple Louisiana iris.
Photographed 15 May 1999

Iris lactea
Iris lactea
Iris lactea grows in a wide geographic range from Cetral Asia eastward. When established it is quite drought tolerant.
Photographed 6 April 2003

Iris lazica
Iris lazica
Iris lazica is a close relative of I. unguicularis. It is native to the shores of the Black Sea and is more a plant of damp shady places than I. unguicularis
Photographed 9 February 2003

Iris laevigata 'Variegata'
Iris laevigata 'Variegata'
Iris laevigata is closely related of Iris ensata. It is truely a water loving iris and will thrive in shallow water year round. This variety has white striped leaves.
Photographed 19 April 1999

Iris longipetala
Iris longipetela
Iris longipetela is native to this area. I waited three years to get good blossoms; in 1998 the blooms tried to open at ground level without much success. It is now well established and blooms well every year.
Photographed 15 April 199
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Iris prismatica 'Plicata'
Iris prismatica 'Plicata'
This iris is native to eastern North America. It likes growing in wet meadows.
Photographed 8 May 2003

Iris prismatica
'Polly Spout'
Iris prismatica 'Polly Spout'
Photographed 9 May 2001

Iris pseudocorus dwarf form
Iris pseudocorus, dwarf form
This is the European yellow flag iris. The variety of this iris we had when I was growing up was very large and robust. I was concerned with it overwelming my yard so I bought a dwarf variety. This is another iris that is happy growing in water year round, but it is tough enough to tolerate considerable drought.
Photographed 3 May 2003

Roy Davidson
Roy Davidson, Hager 1991
This is a hybrid involving Iris pseudocorus
Photographed 22 April 1999

Iris ruthenica
red form
Iris ruthenica, red form
Iris ruthenica is rather small iris whose range extends from Eastern Europe accross asia.
Photographed 27 March 2003

Iris setosa
Iris setosa
This is a northern iris. It grows in both Alaska and Siberia. The standards of this iris are reduced to short thin spikes; the upward "petals" are actually style arms.
Photographed 17 April 1999

Iris setosa
Iris setosa
Photographed 17 April 1999

Iris unguicularis
Iris unguicularis
This is known as the "winter iris" because it blooms during the winter. It is native to the eastern Mediteranean from Algeria to Greece and does well with hot dry summers.
Photographed 9 February 2003

Iris unguicularis
'Mary Barnard'
Iris unguicularis 'Mary Barnard'
Photographed 13 December 2003

Iris verna smalliana
Iris verna smalliana
Iris verna is a small woodland iris whose range extends from Central Eastern to South Eastern United States.
Photographed 24 March 2001

Iris versicolor
Iris versicolor
This iris is native to wet areas of Northeastern North America.
Photographed 8 May 1999

Iris virginica
pink form
Iris virginica, pink form
This iris is a close relative of Iris versicolor, but tends to have a more southerly range.
Photographed 20 April 2002

Pacific Smoothie
Pacific Smoothie
This iris is a hybrid between a Pacific Coast Iris and a Sino-siberian iris.
Photographed 21 May 2003

Copyright 1999-2003 Kenneth Walker
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