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Historic Irises

(SPEC) Iris odaratissima

What is a Historic Iris? Irises introduced over 30 years ago are considered Historic Irises. Those that have survived this time period generally are the toughest of plants of their generation. Many Irisarians collect older Irises. Some look for plants to fill in gardens that match the time period of historic homes and are creating restoration gardens. Others are interested in the evolution of the modern Iris, while others simply prefer a simpler form and look of these antiques. Whatever your reasons you can enjoy the historic Irises even more by joining the Historic Iris Preservation Society (HIPS). You will find their website at

One drawback of many irisarians' focus on the "latest and greatest" varieties is that many older varieties tend to pass out of commerce fairly quickly, sometimes as soon as ten or fifteen years after their introduction. To those interested in the preservation of historic iris, this can create great difficulty later on, when these varieties become officially "historic." Thus, when thinking about preserving historic iris, it is also helpful to consider the preservation of these "not-quite-historic" varieties as well.

Related links Historic Iris Preservation Society (HIPS);

Irises before 1870
Mme. Chereau Celeste Fabian Albicans


History Web Contents

Irises 1871-1880
Perfection Alberti Chenedolle Darius
Irises 1881-1890
Argent Gracchus Maori King Amas
Irises 1891-1900
Mrs. Neubronner Mrs. George Darwin Kharput Black Prince

Irises 1901-1910
Amethyst Oriflamme Edouard Michele Tamerlan
Irises 1911-1920
Archeveque Demi Deuil Lord Of June Kashmir White
Irises 1921-1930
Anne Marie Cayeux Apache Don Juan Elizabeth Huntington

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