Iris graminea

Jim McKenney
Thu, 18 May 2006 15:23:31 PDT
I've added two images of Iris graminea to the wiki; take a look at:…

Although this is technically a spuria iris, this comparatively dwarfish
plant has little in common from a horticultural viewpoint with big the
garden spurias. It's often described as having a plum-like scent. When the
flowers first opened, they had a waxy odor (I know, that's about useless as
a description of scent). I checked them later, and they had not developed
any scent which was at all fruity or floral. 

This is not a conspicuous plant. The leaves overtop the inflorescence, but
the budded scapes do lean out a bit and so the flowers are not completely

The photo was taken today, and that will give you an idea of where we are in
the garden year. Other irises blooming now include I. pseudacorus, tall
bearded irises, I. gracilipes and the Dutch irises of xiphium derivation. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where crocus seed is ripening
faster than I can collect it.  

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