Colleen, there are photos and a very thorough
verbal description of the authentic *Iris germanica* in existence, as it is the
taxonomic "type" for the Genus Iris. Kochii is of the same general genetic
constitution, being a sterile 44-chromosome IB as is the authentic
*germanica.* Germanica, however, is not a rich purple.
Curiously enough, one of the best "photographs" is
the Van Gogh painting of irises. Germanica is the one believed to be
captured in oils on canvas rather than dyes on film.
There are a substantial number of these
44-chromosome hybrids that have been in existence hundreds or perhaps even
thousands of years in Europe and Asia. All of them apparently arise from
natural hybridization between bearded tetraploids and one of the *Iris
lutescens* complex. Several of the known ones are purple, one of which is
Kochii. Germanica is a bitone violet-toned blue.
Neil Mogensen z 7
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