1882, Iris Van Houttei
The Garden p.286, April 29, 1882
Iris van Houttei. A fine bloom of this rare hybrid Iris comes from the New Plant and Bulb Co., Colchester. It was raised, we believe, by Mr. Max Leichtlin between I. susiana and I. iberica. It is distinct from either, but more akin to I. susiana, the flowers having more of its markings. It is a very handsome and at the same time a curious flower, and the fact that it is earlier to flower than I. susiana makes it the more valuable. We have no information as to whether it is a free grower or not. A bloom of the Iberian Iris sent with it shows what a beautiful hardy flower it is.
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