Potsize – 9cm
Iris hugarica. Although this little Iris is not very often found nowadays it has had a very long history of cultivation and a huge influence on modern Irises. The variegation referred to in the name refers not to the leaves, but to the flowers which are a striking mix of bright canary yellow standards and falls that are white, striped in deepest burgundy. The reason this Iris has been so influential is that it , along with Iris pallida, was the original parent of all of the tall bearded Iris grown today. These two Iris cross in their natural habitat and it was from these two that the earliest breeders started in the period between 1800 and 1850. This is a fact that was only worked out much later by William Ricartson Dykes. Best grown in sun and well drained soil but will tolerate some shade. In the wild it grows on stony hillsides and woods.
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