■ (SPEC) 'Perryana'
The Florist: "One of the most striking and curious plants of its extensive family, and one which sooner or later will find a place in every garden, is the Iris iberica
, of wliich one form is represented in the accompanying plate. Its gigantic 'Vsf flowers and curious combination of colour, together with its neat dwarf habit, render it as striking as it is pretty. This plant was introduced to English gardens by Mr. T. S. Ware, of the Hale Farm Nursery, Tottenham, who has already bloomed several distinct varieties. The subject of these remarks flowered during the past season in the open ground. It is a native of the Caucasian Mountains, and is found growing at an elevation of from 6,000 to 7,000 feet. It forms a tuft of glaucous, slightly re-curved linear-ensiform leaves, 3 in. to 4 in. long, and produces a stem 4 in. to 6 in. high, surmounted by a large solitary flower. It has proved perfectly hardy, having stood the past three winters without any protection whatever. It seems to prefer a light sandy soil, in which it grows very freely ; and it is admirably adapted for almost any position, either on rockwork or in the borders ; moreover, it succeeds well as a pot plant. This variety differs from the type form (as figured in the Botanical Magazine (tab. 5847) both in colour and in size of flower, the true I. iberica being larger, with the outer perianth segments more erect, and the spots at the base of a deeper colour, while the inner segments are of a yellowish-green colour, covered with wrinkled dark purple reticulated bands, and the disk is much larger and of a glossy black colour. There are many varieties of this remarkable species ; and no doubt others will flower during the coming summer. — A. I. Perry, Tottenham.
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