Iris persica

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Iris persica, Linn. Bulb ovoid: lvs. 4-5, 2-3 in. long, becoming 6 in. long after flowering time, with white obscurely ciliated edges: st. short, 1-headed: tube 2-3 in. long; limb pale lilac; outer segms. with an orbicular blade with a dark purple blotch, an orange keel, and purple lines and spots; claw auriculate; inner segms. small. Asia Minor and Persia. B.M. 1. Gn. 11, p. 207; 14:490; 33:558; 54, pp. 103, 470; 66:8. F.S. 10:1045. G.C. III. 7:577. R.H. 1912, p. 454.—Should be lifted in summer. var. purpurea, Dykes (I. purpurea, Siehe). A bright purple variety. Fine. var. sieheana, Dykes (I. sieheana, Lynch. I. haussknechtii, Siehe). Similar to var. purpurea, but with larger, silvery gray fls. marked with reddish purple. B.M. 8059. G.C. III. 35:251. var. stenophylla, Dykes (I. stenophylla Hausskn. & Siehe. I. heldrelchii, Hort.). Fls. pale blue; outer segms, blackish blue at the tip, with spots of the same shade on the rest of the blade; keel yellow; crests of the style-branches nearly as large as the outer segms., suborbicular, crenate. Cilician Taurus. B.M. 7734. G.C. III. 27:171. Gn. 59, p. 225; 76, p. 132. F.S.R. 2:328. var. taftri, Dykes (I. tauri, Siehe). Fls. bright violet-purple veined with white on the lower part of the blade and on the claw of the outer segms.; keel deep orange; inner segms. depressed, 3-lobed. B.M. 7793. G.C. III. 29: 191. Gn. 61, p. 93.

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