Re: Shelly, Thoreau and Irises
In a message dated 23/12/96 22:01:54, Clarence writes:
<< I am at a loss as to what Shelly's iris, with broad flowers
purple-pranked with white along the river edge, might be. >>
I have never seen anything other than Ii. foetidissima or pseudacorus growing
wild here (plus odd garden escapees). Either Shelly was using a little poetic
licence, or he could have been referring to some of the forms of foetidissima
which are decidedly more purple veined than brown.
hoping not to clog the list with all this mail today!