1881, Iris Japonica
The Gardeners' Chronicle p.178, February 5, 1881
Iris japonica. A very handsome old-fashioned Irid, which has long been known in gardens, but is not nearly so frequently grown as it should be. In warm, well drained, sheltered spots in the open air it will often succeed fairly well, but as it is one of the species which thrives well and flowers freely in pots, cultivators would find it repay them for any trouble if they gave it house-room and turned it to account for conservatory or cool-house decoration. In the cooler portion of the Succulent-house at Kew some nice plants are now flowering, and the broad glossy handsome foliage, and delicately coloured pale blue and yellow blossoms, combine to form a very pleasing effect. The species is found in books and gardens under the name of Iris chinensis, I, fimbriata, and Evansia chinensis.
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