(1906) Iris Tectorum, the white form by F.W.Stansfield

Gardeners' Chronicle p.216 September 23, 1906

Iris tectorum. — The white form of Iris tectorum has hitherto been so rare that only this year an authority on the subject spoke of it to me as being probably a myth. The photograph (reproduced at fig. 90) taken from a plant which flowered with me in May last proves, however, that it has an objective existence. The flower is pure white with the exception of faint golden markings on the claw and sides of the crest. The species is one of the comparatively lew Irises in which the large standards spread out almost horizontally. It is doubtless quite hardy, but seems to require to be kept dry in winter. I have consequently grown it in a pot and wintered it in a cold greenhouse. I hope to have several flowers next year. F. W. Stansficld, M.D., Reading.

Gardeners' Chronicle p.226, 1906

IRIS TECTORUM. In addition to Dr. Stansfield's remarks (see p.216) I may state that the plant is perfectly hardy and requires no protection at all. Even the rainy season will do it no harm. As its name implies, the plant grows in Japan on the straw-thatched roofs of the Japanese peasant-houses, and is exposed to all weathers. A mulch applied to the roots in summer is more beneficial than any other form of protection. It comes quite true from seed ; among 100 seedlings not one failing. Max Leichtiin,

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