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Re: Moraea iridioides

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Moraea iridioides
  • From: Gerry Snyder <gcsnyd@loop.com>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Feb 1997 18:11:33 -0700 (MST)

> Dear Iris Experts,
>         We have been looking at a common plant at my mom's house and all over San
> Diego for several years.  We had an idea that it was a member of the iris
> family.  Yesterday we dug up several huge clumps of them  that my mom was
> happy to share.  In our Western Garden Book they are called Moraea
> iridioides.  The flowers are white with orange and brown blotches and
> purple markings.  Are these truly considered to be iris or are they a
> member of the lily family?  They are called Fortnight lily in the book.
>  What soil and fertilizers do they thrive in best?  I'd appreciate any
> information you might add.

They are in the iris family, but not the iris genus, so they are "irid"
but not "iris."

They seem to thrive anywhere.

gcsnyd@loop.com    AIS Region 15
Warm, winterless Los Angeles
My work?  Helping generate data for http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo

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