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Iris humilis

Botanical Name: Iris humilis (added by Edmundas Kondratas, 16-NOV-03)

Botanical Synonyms:

Iris arenaria, I. dahurica, I. flavissima subsp. stolonifera, I. pineticola (D. Kramb, 21-SEP-04)


Genus Iris, Subgenus Iris, section Psammiris (Edmundas Kondratas, 16-NOV-03)

Common Names:


Chromosome Count:

2n=22 (D. Kramb, 21-SEP-04)

General Description:

5-25cm in height, leaves 2-7mm wide. Flower stem with one or two flowers 3-4cm in diameter, yellow with orange beard (Edmundas Kondratas, 16-NOV-03)

Flowering stems grow 2" to 10" tall. Flowers are yellow. (D. Kramb, 21-SEP-04)

Distinguishing Features:

Flower has flattish appearance, standards are shorter than the falls,and style crests are also shorter. (Edmundas Kondratas, 16-NOV-03)

Preferred Habitat:



Zone 1-6 (Yu.Pirogov, 20-NOV-03 )

Native Range:

Eastern Europe Moravia in Chech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Roumania south -east Russia, Asiatic Russia in Siberia right across to the far eastern provinces and Mongolia (Edmundas Kondratas, 16-NOV-03)

Eastern Europe, southeaster Russia, Asiatic Russia, Siberia, Mongolia (D. Kramb, 21-SEP-04)

Status in the Wild:

Probably common (Edmundas Kondratas, 16-NOV-03)

Very rare in European Russia and Ukraine (Yu. Pirogov, 20-NOV-03 )

Commercial Availability:


Sources Cited:

B.Mathew The Iris (Edmundas Kondratas, 16-NOV-03)

Info entered on 21-SEP-04 comes from the SIGNA Checklist of Iris Species. (D. Kramb, 21-SEP-04)

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Where to buy it:

Arrowhead Alpines

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