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Iris milesii

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

Botanical Synonyms:



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

Common Names:


Chromosome Count:

2n=26 according to the SIGNA Checklist of Iris Species. (D. Kramb, 29-SEP-04)

General Description:

12"-30" (30-76cm) tall, with pinkish-lavender flowers mottled with deeper purple on the falls and with a yellow fringed crest (D. Kramb, 09-NOV-03)

The crests are sometimes partly or completely white. (Ken Walker, 24-DEC-12)

Distinguishing Features:

Distinguished as a crested iris by crests on its falls. Distinguished from North American crested iris by its large, pleated, leaves. Distinguished from most Asian crested iris by having very distinct broad rhizomes, similar in form to a bearded iris. Distinguished from Iris tectorum by having pinkish lavender flowers rather than bluish purple, by its crests being finely and deeply fringed, by having distinct transverse bands on the rhizomes, and by the rhizomes showing greenish color where exposed to light. (Ken Walker, 24-DEC-12)

Preferred Habitat:

Requires moist soil cannot stand wet or water logged conditions. (Harangad Singh, 16-MAR-09)



Native Range:

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

Throughout the Himalyas specially moist valleys and slopes in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. (Harangad Singh, 16-MAR-09)

Status in the Wild:

Abundant (Harangad Singh, 16-MAR-09)

Commercial Availability:

Rare (Harangad Singh, 16-MAR-09)

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Additional Comments:


Where to buy it:

Paul Christian Rare Plants UK

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