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Iris lactea

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

Botanical Synonyms:

Iris biglumis, I. fragrans, I. iliensis, I. moorcroftiana, I. oxypetala, I. pallasii, I. triflora (D. Kramb, 09-NOV-03)


Ensatae (D. Kramb, 09-NOV-03)

Common Names:


Chromosome Count:

2n=40, 44, 50 (D. Kramb, 25-SEP-04)

General Description:

2"-16" (5-40cm) tall, with pale blue-violet to white flowers (D. Kramb, 09-NOV-03)

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Preferred Habitat:



Estimated Zone 3-9 (D. Kramb, 09-NOV-03)

Native Range:

Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tibet, China, Mongolia, Korea (D. Kramb, 09-NOV-03)

Northeastern Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Russian central Asia, Tibet, China, Mongolia, Korea (D. Kramb, 25-SEP-04)

Status in the Wild:


Commercial Availability:


Sources Cited:

Info entered on 25-SEP-04 comes from the SIGNA Checklist of Iris Species. (D. Kramb, 25-SEP-04)

Additional Comments:

See also I. lactea var. chinensis, and I. lactea var. chrysantha. (D. Kramb, 25-SEP-04)

Can rebloom (see photo #12). (D. Kramb, 08-JAN-06)

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