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Iris pumila

Botanical Name: Iris pumila (added by D. Kramb, 10-NOV-03)

Botanical Synonyms:

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Iris pumila var. pumila (D. Kramb, 30-SEP-04)


Eupogon, MDB (D. Kramb, 10-NOV-03)

Common Names:

Miniature dwarf bearded iris (D. Kramb, 10-NOV-03)

Chromosome Count:

2n=30, 32 (D. Kramb, 30-SEP-04)

General Description:

4"-6" (10-15cm) tall, with white, yellow, blue, purple, violet, or bicolored flowers, with yellow or blue beards (D. Kramb, 10-NOV-03)

Distinguishing Features:

Stems unbranched, less than 1 cm long from rhizome to base of the ovary; spathes keeled (Tom Waters, 18-DEC-10)

Correction: spathes rounded (Tom Waters, 06-MAR-14)

Preferred Habitat:

Sunny, well drained soil (D. Kramb, 10-NOV-03)


Estimated Zone 2-8 (D. Kramb, 10-NOV-03)

Native Range:

Eastern Europe, Western Russia (D. Kramb, 10-NOV-03)

South-Eastern Europe, Ukraine, European Russia, Caucasus, Western Siberia (Yu. Pirogov, 20-NOV-03 )

Yugoslavia, eastern Europe, Russia (D. Kramb, 30-SEP-04)

Malta (Anonymous, 21-MAR-07)

Status in the Wild:


Commercial Availability:

Specialist nurseries. Some MDB cultivars are pure I. pumila in ancestry and these may be found in the listings of commerical dwarf and median growers (Tom Waters, 18-DEC-10)

Sources Cited:

Info entered on 30-SEP-04 comes from the SIGNA Checklist of Iris Species. (D. Kramb, 30-SEP-04)

The Iris (Brian Mathew) (Tom Waters, 18-DEC-10)

Additional Comments:


Where to buy it:

Arrowhead Alpines

Fraser's Thimble Farms

Iris Colorado

SIGNA member!

Lazy S's Farm Nursery

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