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Iris histrio

Botanical Name: Iris histrio (added by P. Bohnert, 17-MAY-07)

Botanical Synonyms:



Reticulata (P. Bohnert, 17-MAY-07)

Common Names:


Chromosome Count:

2n=20 (P. Bohnert, 17-MAY-07)

General Description:

Hight 10-15cm, Flower is blue or purpleviolet with white dots, size is 6-7cm, appear in February. (P. Bohnert, 17-MAY-07)

Distinguishing Features:


Preferred Habitat:



Requires dry summers (More than I. reticulata or I. histrioides) (P. Bohnert, 17-MAY-07)

Native Range:

Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Armenia (P. Bohnert, 17-MAY-07)

S Turkey to N Israel (Ori Fragman-Sapir Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, 24-NOV-07)

Status in the Wild:

Scattered throughout , not endangered. Protected in Israel (Ori Fragman-Sapir Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, 24-NOV-07)

Commercial Availability:

Rare (P. Bohnert, 17-MAY-07)

Sources Cited:

"Iris" book by Fritz Koehlein (P. Bohnert, 17-MAY-07)

Additional Comments:

Easier to grow is var. aintabensis. (Turkey, province Aintab) (P. Bohnert, 17-MAY-07)

Where to buy it:

Pacific Rim Native Plant Nursery

SIGNA member!

Paul Christian Rare Plants UK

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