■ (SPEC) Iris munzii R. C. Foster
1938, Botanical author R.C. Foster
_Iris munzii_ R. C. Foster
(Robert C. Foster
, R. 1938, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Tulare County, Calif.); Section Limniris
, Series Californicae
, Height 30" (75 cm); From pale blue or lavender to deep reddish purple, noted for having some of the bluest colors in Iris. Description in Mimeograp. pamphlet, Gray Herb. Harvard Univ. 22 Dec. 1938;
| Description in Mimeograp. pamphlet, Gray Herb. Harvard Univ. 22 Dec. 1938;
| In the 1939 checklist it was registered as MUNZII as probably a form of Iris tenax but it is now considered species. [Iris munzii R. C. Foster].
Iris munzii has the following selected varieties. ‘Munzii' ‘Sierra Sapphire' ‘Sierra Sapphire Third'
Rio Tulare', Sierra Stars'
¼ Iris munzii crosses
‘Blue Cockatiel' ‘Claremont Big Sky' ‘Claremont Blue Jay' ‘Claremont Bluebird' ‘Claremont Dark Violet' ‘Claremont Royal Purple' ‘Claremont Sierra Blue' ‘Claremont Springtime' ‘Claremont Trailblazer' ‘Esperanto' ‘Lindo' ‘Mayor' ‘Pacheco' ‘Rio Del Mar' ‘Soquel Cove' ‘Western Bluebird'
Distribution and Cultivation
| Distribution: The distribution of the species gives clues as to its cultural requirements, although plants in cultivation can often tolerate a wider range of variables: The species is found in the following region:Bonap's North American Plant Atlas shows the following map reproduced by permission of Kartesz, J.T., The Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2015. Taxonomic Data Center. (http://www.bonap.net/tdc). Chapel Hill, N.C. [maps generated from Kartesz, J.T. 2015. Floristic Synthesis of North America, Version 1.0. Biota of North America Program (BONAP). (in press)]
-- Main.RPries - 2010-02-11
- Spencer Westbrook donated an image showing blue petal color, which feature makes this species very desirable in hybridizing PCIs. -- KathleenSayce - 19 Jan 2012 *