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Iris purdyi

Botanical Name: Iris purdyi (added by D. Kramb, 27-OCT-03)

Botanical Synonyms:

Iris landsdaleana (D. Kramb, 30-SEP-04)


Pacific Coast Iris, Californicae (D. Kramb, 27-OCT-03)

Common Names:

Purdy's Iris (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Chromosome Count:

2n=40 (D. Kramb, 30-SEP-04)

General Description:

8"-14" (20-35cm) tall, with cream flowers veined brownish purple or washed lavender on the falls (D. Kramb, 27-OCT-03)

White, cream or soft yellow, with prominent reddish-brown or purple veins on petals. (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Distinguishing Features:

Large, flattish flowers with spreading petals and sepals. Stigma truncate or even bilobed (not triangular). Short, inflated, overlapping bract-like leaves enclose stem, only the tips free. Long, funnel-shaped floral tube, around 1 inch. Spathes very broad, enclose ovary and most of floral tube. (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Preferred Habitat:

Moderately shaded areas with filtered sunlight in oak/pine/fir woodlands, especially in thick, loose leaf duff. (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)


Estimated zones 9-10 (D. Kramb, 27-OCT-03)

Native Range:

USA (California) (D. Kramb, 27-OCT-03)

Northern California coastal ranges between Sonoma and Trinity counties, to about 3,000 feet elevation. (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Status in the Wild:


Commercial Availability:

Specialty (D. Kramb, 27-OCT-03)

Sources Cited:

Information added on 05-JAN-04 comes from the Pacific Coast Native Iris club website. (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

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

Additional Comments:

Http://www.pacificcoastiris.org/ (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Where to buy it:

Pacific Rim Native Plant Nursery

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