2013-06-20 / Top News

Oddball Iris?



The Iris is a common perennial plant in the midwest, and comes in an array of different colors—hence the name (Iris is the Greek name for a rainbow). The flower, however, usually blooms in one color, but that is not the case at the home of Harry and Lena Wolbaum in Linton. This particular Iris was moved from the Wolbaum farm near Braddock when the couple relocated to Linton two years ago. The plant was violet on the farm, and bloomed violet in its first year at the new home. However, the plant bloomed yellow last spring, and stranger yet, it bloomed as a hybrid this spring, where the petals are violet and the heart is yellow. Lena Wolbaum, who has been planting the Iris annually for 67 years, said this is the first time she has seen an Iris bloom in multiple colors. Though not improbable, it is a rare occurrence indeed. The Iris is a common perennial plant in the midwest, and comes in an array of different colors—hence the name (Iris is the Greek name for a rainbow). The flower, however, usually blooms in one color, but that is not the case at the home of Harry and Lena Wolbaum in Linton. This particular Iris was moved from the Wolbaum farm near Braddock when the couple relocated to Linton two years ago. The plant was violet on the farm, and bloomed violet in its first year at the new home. However, the plant bloomed yellow last spring, and stranger yet, it bloomed as a hybrid this spring, where the petals are violet and the heart is yellow. Lena Wolbaum, who has been planting the Iris annually for 67 years, said this is the first time she has seen an Iris bloom in multiple colors. Though not improbable, it is a rare occurrence indeed.

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