The Gardeners' Chronicle p268, April 23, 1904
Iris atropurpurea. With the exception of I. nigricans, the flower of I. atropurpurea is perhaps the darkest-coloured of its group. The whole flower, save for the black blotch and the golden beard-like crest, is of the deepest purple; the falls are also of a dark hue generally. The flower is of medium size, the standard being 2 inches in length and breadth, whilst the strongly recurving falls are rather more than an inch wide, and some 2 1/2 inches long. When flowering the full-grown plant is about 9 inches in height. It is certainly one of the gems among these plants. E. J.
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-- BobPries - 2014-08-06