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Re: SPEC: Iris polystachya Thunb.

From: HIPSource@aol.com

In a message dated 11/27/99 12:21:33 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
d.slootmans@worldonline.nl writes:

<< I try to collect apart from the Genus Iris more southern hemisphere 
species,I am not a member of any other group,i started growing and knowing 
the southern 'Irises' because in holland there are no good collections of 
these,and i think they are better to use in my muggy winter /summer 
conditions.Cool but wet, as I am used to protected my plants in situ during 
during cold air masses coming in from E-Europe and Russia,.in winter  I 
started 10 years ago with southern hemisphere irises
 (is there a better word to use?)  >>

How fascinating! South Africa is very alkaline, I believe. I don't object to 
the phrase "southern hemisphere irises" but I believe most people would use 
the term Irid and that would help avoid confusion with other types of irises 
grown in the southern hemisphere such as in Australia, or even in South 
America where myfriend Donald of this list saw quite a few bearded irises 
blooming spendidly in a recent visit.  

I wonder if you would have sucess with some of the native water irises of the 
USA? They are not as exotic in appearance as the South African Irids, but 
they might be quite happy in your sodden earth and some would be hardy there. 
We on this list have found that the very remarkable I. fulva is quite hardy, 
to Zone 5 at least that I recall. 

Have you visited Rodney Barton's native North American irises page? You might 
find it interesting. http://molly.hsc.unt.edu/~rbarton/Iris/NANI.html 

Anner Whitehead

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