Japanese Iris

Hafsteinn Hafliðason hortice@emax.is
Wed, 23 Dec 2009 16:37:36 PST
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.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ina" <klazina@orcon.net.nz>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
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Subject: [pbs] re Japanese Iris

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