about 1500, recorded by Linnaeus
(Collected Italy-Introduced N. Europe about 1500) TB-E-W1. Violet fragrance. H.C. "Probably aphylla
X pallida"-1939 Checklist
. [Note later chromosome study suggests a different parentage as yet undetermined] See also a botanical listing as Iris florentina
| From Cornell Bulletin 112: FLORENTINA - (1500. Native to Italy and southern France). Color effect an iridescent creamy white self. Standards iridescent blue-white, fading to cream-white. falls same, yellowish on haft; veined olive. Beard yellow. This plant is a vigorous grower, and has broad, stiff, glaucous yellow-green foliage which persists in winter. Its spreading, open flowers, of opalescent cream and gray-blue tints, are excellent in the landscape mass or as cut flowers. It is sweet scented and early flowering. It is a common source of the dried orris root. This sort is one of the best ten, and rated too low at 76
| From Wing Seed catalog, 1919: FLORENTINE. QUEEN EMMA — (Syn. Alba Odorata.) Pure white slightly tinted blue; S. long and tapering; F. very long. Fragrant. Vigorous plant. 25¢.
| Frpm Indian Spring Farms catalog, 1927: FLORENTINA ALBA 7.6. The early May-flowering white, flushedlavender, that blooms along with Kochi. Free blooming. 24 inches.The Fleur-de-lis of literature. 25 cts. each; 60 cts. for 3; $2.00 per doz
Alba Odorata; Florentina alba; Florentina latifolia; Florentina Queen Emma; Florentina Silver King; Florentine, Gambetta.
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