Japanese Iris

Ina klazina@orcon.net.nz
Wed, 23 Dec 2009 18:01:52 PST
So according to this info the Iris versicolor is definitely NOT a 
Japanese Iris, although the nursery told me it was.  About par for 
course I suppose.

Thank you Hafstein and Annalee.  It is frustrating as I just don't KNOW 
anything about them.

Have made contact with various people in the Iris world now, including 
New Zealand itself, so will see how it all goes, after Christmas.  Here 
it is hot and dry, hot means about 24 degrees C.

Ina  NZ

Iris versicolor is a hardy plant, commonly grown in gardens in Iceland
(local name: roðaíris). According to my icelandic litterature it is a
North-American species, wild distibution given to be: Labrador - Manitoba
and south to Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota. And I know that it grows 
wild in
Newfoundland as well.

This fits in with the USDA Plants Profile [
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile/?symbol=IRVE2 ] and Flora of North
America [
http://efloras.org/florataxon.aspx/… and
distribution map at
http://efloras.org/object_page.aspx/… ]

If I can trust my memory, The Reykjavík Botanical Garden got a few
seed-collections (picked in the wild) from several different N-American
sources  when I worked there about thirty or thirtyfive years ago. Most of
the seedlings survived and grew prosperously - and I think that most of the
icelandic garden examplars now are descendants of that stock.

I hope this gives you a clarity on the original distribution of Iris
versicolor; it is a native North-American plant!

Best wishes - and may you all have happy hollidays!

Hafsteinn Hafliðason,
Selfoss - Iceland.

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> Is the Iris versicolor a Japanese Iris?  Somehow the Internet is not
> very clear on that.
> Ina  Auckland NZ
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