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Iris gracilipes

Botanical Name: Iris gracilipes (added by D. Kramb, 09-NOV-03)

Botanical Synonyms:



Crested, Evansia, Lophiris (D. Kramb, 09-NOV-03)

Common Names:


Chromosome Count:

2n=36 according to the SIGNA Checklist of Iris Species (D. Kramb, 20-SEP-04)

General Description:

4"-6" (10-15cm) tall, with lilac-blue or white flowers, center of falls veined violet on white with a white and yellow crest (D. Kramb, 09-NOV-03)

Distinguishing Features:


Preferred Habitat:

It grows on wooded and rocky mountain slopes or forest edges. Many plants grow by the seaside (of Japan), where the north-westerly winter wind off the Asian continent bring regular heavy snows. The Japanese usually cultivate I.gracilipes including the beautiful white form, var. alba, in flatpots, and they flower in May or June. (D. Kramb, 14-JAN-06)



Native Range:

Japan, China (D. Kramb, 09-NOV-03)

Status in the Wild:


Commercial Availability:


Sources Cited:

Info entered on 14-JAN-06 comes from a Japanese website with the address http://www.kamoltd.co.jp/kyokai/English/wild_iris.html (D. Kramb, 14-JAN-06)

Additional Comments:


Where to buy it:

Joe Pye Weed's Garden

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Joy Creek Nursery

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