E.J.Wilkins

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White Flag


"Flag" is the common name used for a type of iris that grows with its roots in either waterlogged soil or at the edge of a pond. The leaves are sword shaped, the petals flutter in the breeze - and the day I took this picture was very windy.

I don't know what the Latin name for this plant is, I don't know what variety it is and I don't know if it's possible to buy it from a garden centre. I have only ever seen it growing in one location in the New Forest.

If anybody knows the species I would be grateful if they could share their knowledge.
Thanks.
.

White Flag


"Flag" is the common name used for a type of iris that grows with its roots in either waterlogged soil or at the edge of a pond. The leaves are sword shaped, the petals flutter in the breeze - and the day I took this picture was very windy.

I don't know what the Latin name for this plant is, I don't know what variety it is and I don't know if it's possible to buy it from a garden centre. I have only ever seen it growing in one location in the New Forest.

If anybody knows the species I would be grateful if they could share their knowledge.
Thanks.
.

comments (21)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 6 Nov 2008, 01:50
I wish I knew, Ellie, but I don't. It's magical...that's all I know!
EJWilkins: Magical and, I think, quite rare too. So I think "lucky" should be included too wink
nice photo Ellie, dont know what its called though
EJWilkins: Nope, haven't a clue, I think I'll need to try to contact Kew.
It could be Iris Albicans Ellie: but given the shape it is more likely to be a mutataed version of our native Pseudacorus
EJWilkins: I've searched for the Pseudacorus with alba and other suffixes, not found anything. I'm not convinced by the albicans either. I might contact Kew, see if they can tell me.
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands
  • 6 Nov 2008, 09:45
Very beautiful Ellie. I thought the same as Chris, an Iris of some discription but I am not sure sorrysmile
EJWilkins: Yep, that's as far as anybody seems to be able to go. Maybe it's rarer than I thought
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Nov 2008, 09:54
Whatever it is, it's as near to perfection as any iris I've seen.
Ingrid
EJWilkins: It's a truly beautiful flower Ingrid, wild and seemingly rare
  • graham pickett
  • SOUTHSEA (G.B) ENGLAND
  • 6 Nov 2008, 10:50
Beautiful capture,is that a little seed on the tallest petal? You are really on a hot streak at the moment Ellie,long may it continue.
EJWilkins: I think it's a tiny seed of some sort, it's got too many bits to be an insect.
Thanks for or lovely comments. I hope my next "theme" is as well received smile
  • FLOOG
  • The windmills of my mind
  • 6 Nov 2008, 11:41
A photograph good enough to grace the full colour pages of any quality gardening magazine or book.

Beautiful smile
EJWilkins: The thing is that I don't think you can buy this flower, I think it's quite rare. Thanks for the very generous comment smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 6 Nov 2008, 13:00
Beautiful capture of this lovely plant Ellie.
EJWilkins: Thanks Aussie smile
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 6 Nov 2008, 13:05
You contine to stun me with the quality of these images/ I like the subtle markings in the petals.
EJWilkins: If you'd like to try to take one of these yourself let me know, I'll tell you where they grow wink
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Nov 2008, 14:13
looks like some variety of iris, Ellie.

A great balancing job to get that tiny milkweed parachute on the edge of the top petal.
EJWilkins: You know much more about that little seed than I do Ray,
It could be Didogrin ....There will be no white flag above my door etc!
Sorry, that's silly even for mesmile
EJWilkins: Hah! Not silly, light relief wink
I am amazed at the quality to manage to achieve with your flower photographs, Ellie.
EJWilkins: I'm quite chuffed with them too Chad, thank you smile
I'm not a person for flower names Ellie but this is a very attractive one and you have presented it so well.
EJWilkins: Thank you so much Brian smile
  • mikedi
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Nov 2008, 19:21
We believe its an Iris - but nice shot
EJWilkins: It has to be some sort of Iris, but the species doesn't seem to be recorded online anywhere. I can't imagine it's so rare as to be the only place they grow!
This is exquisite Ellie! I have no idea of what it could be.
EJWilkins: Hopefully I'll find out what it is one day, thanks Richard
  • Frida
  • Sweden (swe)
  • 6 Nov 2008, 19:58
Lovely Iris and a beautiful capture Ellie.
EJWilkins: Pleased you think so Frida
Ellie, this is stunning! Beautiful crisp capture of a truly wonderful flower. you`ve done a great job getting such detail in those white petals. (:o)
EJWilkins: It was a bit of a nightmare because it was so windy, and also sunny. I'm quite pleased with the result though. Thanks Ros smile
lovely shot Elliesmile
EJWilkins: Thanks Tim
WON DER FUL!!!!
EJWilkins: So pleased you think so Albert
I like very much the sharpness of the shot and the wonderful shape of this flower !
I missed this one, very striking.

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