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SPEC: rare seeds

Today I received a catalog from a mail-order seed source in Czech Republic
that lists many strange and unusual alpine plants... mostly from eastern
Europe through central Asia.  There are 4 irises listed.

Iris arenaria - Czechia: 800m, grassland on limestone, dwarf rhizomatic
plant, 6-12 cm high, light-green narrow leaves, large yellow flowers, 2000,

Iris flavissima - Russia: Altai, Belukha, 2000 m, dry mountain scree,
rhizomatous plant, 12-20 cm high, linear leaves 8 mm wide, large yellow
flowers, triangular capsule, 1998, C

Iris loczyi - Kyrgyzstan: Tien Shan, Terskij Ala Tau, 3300 m, alpine
steppe, densely caespitose plant, 20 cm high, narrow linear leaves
surrounded with brown sheaths, large blue sessile flowers in leaves, 2000, D

Iris sibirica - Russia: Northern Caucasus, Skalistyj Chr Khiah, 1950 m,
alpine meadow, rhizomatic iris, 30 cm high graminiform leaves, large blue
flowers with yellow brushes on stems 30 cm high, 1999, B

An interesting selection if indeed they are true to name.  He lists about
400 other species too.  If you're interested you can contact him at
holubec@genbank.vurv.cz  I'm sending in my order this weekend for some of
the Irises and Aquilegias.

Dennis Kramb; dkramb@badbear.com
Cincinnati, Ohio USA; USDA Zone 6

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