1911, Iris histrioides
Gardeners' Chronicle p.13, January 7, 1911
Iris histrioides. Enclosed is a flower of Iris histrioides. The first bloom opened a week ago, and now in a south border there is a group of a dozen flowers expanded. Could anything be more beautiful or satisfying at the end of December? not in the favoured south, but in the Thames Valley district. The general colour is that called marine blue (p. 211 of the Repertoire de Couleurs), but with some red in it. and the beauty is much enhanced by the white and yellow markings in the throat and on the fall. The scent, too, is delicious. Here the plant is perfectly hardy and a true perennial, needing no sort of care or attention, whereas I have found I. Histrio quite unmanageable. A. C. Bartholomew, Park House, Reading, December 27.
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