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■ (SPEC) 'Assyriaca'

Assyriaca 1895, Leichtlin

'Assyriaca' ( Max Leichtlin, 1895, collected in Euphrates valley) Subgenus Scorpiris , Juno Color Class-W; This is now considered a white form of Iris aucheri; Barr 1898; The Garden 69: 195. 7 April 1906; Grullemans 1907; Van Tubergen 1909.

synonyms Assyriaca Hort. ex Lynch; Assytica; mesopotamica, sindjarensis assyriaca.

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Irving in The Garden gives the following;
Iris assyriaca. — This charming plant is made a variety of I. sindjareneis by some authorities. It is, however, distinct enough for garden purposes, although it does not differ in any essential character from that plant. It has the same robust habit and broad, arching foliage characteristic of several members of this group of bulbous Irises, of which I. orchioides, with its lovely yellow flowers, may be termed the typical representative. The stems reach a height of 18 inches, and the flowers, each about 4 inches in diameter, are borne in the axils of the upper leaves five or six in succession. In colour the flowers vary slightly, but are usually of a satiny white, with pale lavender style arms, and, although individually they do not last more than three or four days, on a group with several stems a long succession of flowers is produced. The bulbs are very large and produce thick, fleshy roots, which penetrate the soil to a good depth, and when once established it is advisable not to disturb it. If, however, it is necessary to lift the bulbs in order to separate them and enlarge the group, this may be done as soon as the stems have died down, taking care not to break off any of the fleshy roots before mentioned. Before replanting, the soil should be dug deeply and plenty of mortar rubbish added, as most of the members of this group thrive in a compost of this description. Quite hardy, this plant can be grown in well-drained soil in a sunny part of the rock garden, although the position that suits it best is a border at the foot of a south wall. Of late years many new plants belonging to this group have been introduced into cultivation from Turkestan with more colour in their flowers, but I. assyriaca will undoubtedly hold its own owing to its robust character and delicately-tinted flowers. It is said to be a native of the Euphrates Valley, and usually begins to flower early in March. — W. Irving.

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