1888, Iris Root in Commerce
Popular Gardening And Fruit Growing, p 41, November 1888
Iris Root for Commerce. In three of our hardy Irises a pure pearl white, (I. Florentina) pale buff, (I. pallida) and deep violet and mauve, (I. germanica,) we have the true Iris root of commerce, extensively used in the perfumer's art, and which imparts the subtile Violet odor so prized. The Iris grows and multiplies with wonderful rapidity in all parts of California, and the roots could be easily produced in any quantity desired. The Iris root used in this country nearly all comes from Italy, where it takes nearly two years to cure the roots pure white. In our dry climate it probably would not take more than one season to cure perfectly. California Florist.
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