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More about the "African" iris

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: More about the "African" iris
  • From: N8KXP@aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 8 Feb 1997 21:20:59 -0700 (MST)

Thanks to all who responded with ideas about what that little "African" iris
might be.  A little more info about it:

1.  The plant has a distinct rhizome about 1-1/2" to 2" in lenght with a mass
of VERY fine, almost "hairy" roots.  The roots on living plants are black in
color and look as if they are dead.  The rhizome is slender and comes to a
gradual point.

2.  The plant grows to a height of 18"-20" with very narrow fans that are
medium green.  The fans do not seem to show signs of going dormant and
present a nice green landscape year around.

3.  Bloom begins to appear in late November and continue through March.
 Bloom is presented on a slender, branched stem stem appearing much like a
slender LA stem (from 1/8" to 1/4" in diameter.).  Bloom is about 4 inches
above the fans.  The stands are erect and the falls droop slightly.  Falls
measure perhaps 2".

4.  Most of the bloom I've seen is white, but stores sell plants they claim
are light blue and light yellow.  I've bought and grown both advertised colors
, but they always bloom white.

I'm just interested since it does so well here in Fla. and might be an
interesting plant for some experimental breeding.

Again thanks for your interest. 

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