1910, Iris Reticulata Histrioides Major
Gardeners' Chronicle p. 69, January 10, 1910
Iris reticulata histrioides major. The old form of I. reticulata histrioides is rather a refractory subject to cultivate and bloom a second year in succession, at least from imported bulbs. More recently a form under the distinctive name of major has been introduced to cultivation and increased and raised from seeds; this variety proves more suitable for cultivation in our climate. A fine group of plants shown Messrs. Cutbush & Son at the meeting of the Royal Horticultural Society, on January 11, was so raised, and amongst them I noted a considerable amount of variation, some having the falls of a lighter or darker blue, with more or less pronounced spotting; the falls varied in being narrower or broader than the type. The variety major is the most handsome of the I. reticulata group, and if fine forms with broader falls are obtained by seed sowing and these prove of easy cultivation in pots or in sheltered places out-of-doors, they will be a boon to lovers of Irises and hardy plants generally. Already it has been proved that I. reticulata histrioides is capable of being established in some gardens, and plants of the major form should prove easier in this respect, especially if raised from seeds in this country and planted out while quite young. Fine or improved forms would be worth some care to increase them from offsets, and major is capable of being multiplied in this way. J. F.
For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at