(SPEC) Iris fontanesii Godron & Grénier
1875, botanical authors Godron & Grénier
and Jean Charles Marie Grenier
, 1855). Color code B1D.
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| Grénier et Godron, Flore de France ou description des plantes qui croissent naturellement en France et en Corse, Tome 3, 1875, p. 245.
| From Van Tubergen 1938: "Span; 48" (122 cm). Color Class-B1D; "Plant more slender, flowers later, deeper violet-blue than type;
| Jean Stevens in The Iris and its Culture gives the following notes; "Fontanesii, though large and tall, is much inferior to tingitana, and is a very variable plant. The foliage is silvery green-silvery rather than glaucous-and is much broader than tingitana, and not so deeply channelled. The stems are very tall, up to 4 ft., and, since the leaves clasping them are shorter than in tingitana, have a leggy appearance in the garden. The colour of the flowers varies from a pallid, almost whitish, blue to a good clear blue. Deep purplish forms are also occasionally found amongst seedlings, though these never approach the rich violet of I. latifolia."
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