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Iris nelsonii

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

Botanical Synonyms:



Hexagonae, Louisiana (D. Kramb, 03-NOV-03)

Apogon, Beardless Iris (D. Kramb, 01-JAN-04)

Common Names:

Abbeville Reds (and Abbeville Yellow) (D. Kramb, 03-NOV-03)

Chromosome Count:


General Description:

28"-43" (70-110cm) tall, with reddish-purple or yellow flowers (D. Kramb, 03-NOV-03)

Flowers are 4.5" to 5" (11-13cm) across, generally drooping to slightly flaring, bright red to purple, rarely in beige brown or yellow brown. (D. Kramb, 01-JAN-04)

Distinguishing Features:

Flower color is more intense than in Iris fulva. Rhizomes are 4" to 6" long and 0.75" to 1" in diameter. (D. Kramb, 01-JAN-04)

Preferred Habitat:



Estimated Zone 6-10 (D. Kramb, 03-NOV-03)

Estimated Zones 7-11. Probably hardy to Zone 5 or 6 with winter protection. (D. Kramb, 01-JAN-04)

Native Range:

USA (Louisiana) (D. Kramb, 03-NOV-03)

Found only in a limited location south of Abbeville, Louisiana. (D. Kramb, 01-JAN-04)

Status in the Wild:

Endangered. (D. Kramb, 01-JAN-04)

Commercial Availability:

Specialty. (D. Kramb, 01-JAN-04)

Sources Cited:

Most information added on 01-JAN-04 comes from the book "The Louisiana Iris: Taming of a North American Wildflower". (D. Kramb, 01-JAN-04)

Additional Comments:

Sometimes called "Super Fulvas" because they're similar to fulvas but larger and with more intense colors than Iris fulva. (D. Kramb, 01-JAN-04)

Where to buy it:

Durio Nursery

Pine Ridge Gardens

Plant Delights Nursery

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