Iris Asiatica. Â This is hardly to be classed among the winter-flowering Irises, although it was flowering in a cool house with Mr. Gerard a few days ago. It is an attractive plant, akin to I. pallida, but inferior to good forms of this species in the size of its flower and in distinction of habit. The flower is of fair size, dark purple, and under artificial light shows a reddish hue. There is a quite distinct blotch of darker purple on the lip of falls. The scapes are four-flowered. In a cool house, however, there are no winter-flowering Irises as satisfactory as I. stylosa and its varieties. If well cared for during the summer they make strong growths and flower continuously during the winter under any protection secure from frosts. The plants are fairly hardy in this latitude, but the usual weather conditions are too rigorous to admit of good flowers in the open. This plant seems a favorite in the open in southern England, but the latitude of Richmond, or possibly Washington, would probably be as far north as they could be grown with any satisfactory result in the garden.
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-- BobPries - 2014-10-31