â (SPEC) Iris fernaldii R.C.Fos.
1938, R. C. Foster
Iris fernaldii Foster
(Robert C. Foster
, R. 1938; collected Lake Country, California); CA (Series Californicae)
; 8-18" (20-45 cm). Two pale primrose yellow flowers sometimes faintly purple tinged or veined; style crests oblong to spear-shaped; distinguished by it's long funnel-shaped perianth tube, which opens to a relatively wide throat at the base of the flower; bracts closed; ovary ovoid. The narrow (1/4") evergreen, dull leaves are often glaucous and stained purple-red, and exceed the length of the stems.
| Foster in mimeo. Pamph. Gray Herb. 22 Dec. 1938; Coll. Foster-R.
| (In 1939 Checklist registered as âFernaldii', a cultivar, thought to be a form of Iris douglasiana, now given specific rank).
Iris fernaldii cultivars:
Iris fernaldii crosses:
'Berlin Sibcal', 'Starting Calsibe'.
Distribution and Cultivation
| Distribution: The distribution of the species gives clues as to its cultural requirements, although plants in cultivation can often tolerate a wider range of variables: The species is found in the following region:Bonap's North American Plant Atlas shows the following map reproduced by permission of Kartesz, J.T., The Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2015. Taxonomic Data Center. (http://www.bonap.net/tdc). Chapel Hill, N.C. [maps generated from Kartesz, J.T. 2015. Floristic Synthesis of North America, Version 1.0. Biota of North America Program (BONAP). (in press)]
| Cultivation; Prefers moist soil, but can be grown in good garden soil, well-drained and flourishes in full sun to part shade.
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