■ (Spec) Iris reginae Horvat
1947, Botanical author Horvat
(Ivo and Marija Horvat
, 1947, Macedonia). 20-24" (50-60 cm). "Its blossom is somewhat larger than that of Iris variegata
, which is closely related. The petals are narrower and longer than those of the latter. The ground color of the blossoms off-white, and the veins are a beautifully contrasting violet. On closer inspection the standards are also delicately shaded. The leaves are extremely crescent-shaped and their lengthwise veins stand out even more than Iris variegata. The standards are somewhat open, and the diameter of the blossom is up to 4" (10 cm)." - Kohlein, Iris.
| In Eupogon Iris in Cultivation (1970)as I. reqinae Horvat, Glasn. Soc. Sci. Nat. Croatica, Biol. Ser. 2/B, 1: 20, 1947, Yugoslavia. (1) Hort. Class: MTB, 2n=24. White with purple veins. Unident. clones widely distributed. Hanselmayer: Hans. list 1957, to Mel 1958, to ERo 1961. Randolph Y-13: type specimen from Horvat garden, Yugo. JGW, Berk. 2n=24. Karyotype similar to that of I. variegata. Appears to be a blue form of variegata. Randolph Y-15: Horvat's garden, Yugo. Leaves short, sickle-shaped, slender stems, freely branching and profusely flowering; spathes green not papery, form same as I variegata. Color like variegata with white replacing yellow background, falls veined purple all over with concentrated spot of color at very tip of F which flare horizontally. S upright and open, narrow petals, beard white, pale yellow in haft. 2n=24. Witt clone: to AB, to COG 1965: "Pale lavender-blue S, F white veined with violet, deeper spot at tip. S thin, open (really white peppered violet, a lavender-blue look). F horizontal, thin. White beard. Height 19 1/2 in, four branches on one stalk." JGW: "F show a pale echo of F pattern on inside." "Gives some yellow-ground sdgs when crossed to non-yellow 2n TB." Zagreb #3: Hanselmayer to PC 1956, ?l. reginae ... "Bloomed on 10-in stem at the time of our tall bearded and I found this a very fine and most interesting iris. " PC thought this true reginae.
Considered by lumpers to be Iris variegata
L. var reginae
but original authors considered it a true species allied to Iris variegata
. Plants fulfill the characteristics of miniature tall bearded Irises and may appear in lists of MTBs.
Cultivars with a grandparent that was I. reginae: 'Eowyn'
; 'Eramosa Cloud Drifter'
; 'Eramosa Freckles'
; 'Fair Haldis'
; 'Freckle's Sister'
Distribution and Cultivation
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- The two pictures i've uploaded are from the Variegata-Reginae that i got from Chuck Chapman. The falls are quite wide compared to some others i have seen on the web. Maybe it is a Hybrid, but as far as i am concered, i find it splendid! -- LoicT - 04 Dec 2009
- This clone was also from Chuck Chapman. Narrower and more purple than Loic's. Zone 7 in Pennsylvania. May 21, 2012. Two weeks earlier than prior years. -- RobertGutowski - 01 Jun 2012