1896, The New Ozark Iris (Iris Hexagona!?)
Garden And Forest, p408, October 7, 1896
The New Ozark Iris.
To the Editor of Garden and Forest:
Sir, during the past two years several articles have appeared in Garden and Forest relative to the new Iris found by me in the Ozark Mountains, and named by Mr. J. N. Gerard I. hexagona, var. La Mancei. All these articles have dwelt upon the beauty of the flower and its increase in point of size and intensity of color over the ordinary type of I. hexagona, itself a handsome and striking species.
I find that in other respects this new Iris departs far from the Hexagona type. It blooms ten days earlier and more profusely. I. hexagona, under our hot suns, ripens its seed capsules by early midsummer, and the foliage dies down immediately after. Farther north this early dying down of the foliage, and consequent ripening of the rhizomes, may not be a characteristic of the plant, as Gray makes no reference to it, but here it is a noticeable feature. The variety, however, keeps green until autumn, the lower leaves alone dying in late summer.
There is a marked variation in the seed-capsules. In I. hexagona the seed-pod is oblong-cylindric, six-angled, two inches long. In the new plant the capsules are globular, one and one-eighth inches long, and but a sixteenth of an inch less in diameter. The seeds are a trifle smaller also, but of the same general shape and color.
Pineville, Mo. Lora S. La Mance.
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