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■ (SPEC) Iris galatica Siehe

1904, botanical author Siehegalactica

Iris galatica (Walter Siehe, 1904, Central to Northern Turkey). Subgenus Scorpiris, (Juno), Allied to Iris persica , Flowers before the leaves are fully expanded. Flowers are 5-6 cm in diameter and the color is variable, Some flowers maybe a rich reddish purple while other plants have flowers as light as a greenish straw yellow with darker purplish markings on the blade to the falls, with probably all manner of variations between these two.

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Seihe in Allegemeine Botanische Zeitung.
Iris galatica W.Irving, Garden (London 1871-1927) 67: 203 (1905).
This interesting little species is a member of the Juno section of the genus, which includes many early flowering and beautiful forms. It is very closely related to the well-known and popular I. persica, even if it may not be regarded as one of its many varieties. For garden purposes, however, it is distinct enough, although it is not so pretty as the typical form which has the honour of occupying the first plate in the Botanical Magazine. From time to time varieties of this species have been introduced, including pale blue and purple forms. The present plant was found growing by the river Halys. in the mountainous regions of Galatia, in Northern Cappadooia, and was distributed in 1904 by Herr W. Siehe of Mersina, to whom we are indebted for many beautiful, early flowering bulbous plants.

Growing at an elevation of from 3,600 feet to 4,500 feet in its native home, it should prove quite hardy in this country. It has been in flower in the alpine house at Kew for some time, and whilst it cannot be compared to the lovely I. stenophylla, which also comes from that part of the world, it forms an interesting addition to the already large number of bulbous plants from Asia Minor. The colour of the flower varies from greenish yellow to silver grey, suffused to some extent with purple, and with deeper purple falls. A distinct feature, which is also possessed by others of this group, is the white margins of the leaves. Kew. W. Irving.
A Guide to Species Irises, their Identification and Cultivation, The Species Group of The British Iris Society, 1997, Cambridge;



'Persica Galatica', Iris purpurea (Hort) Siehe; I. eleonorae Holmboe;

Iris persica var. galatica (W.Irving) Dykes, Gen. Iris: 191 (1913).

Juno galatica (W.Irving) Rodion., Bot. Zhurn. (Moscow & Leningrad) 79(9): 105 (1994).

Iris purpurea Siehe, Allg. Bot. Z. Syst. 11: 115 (1905).

Iris eleonorae Holmboe, Bergens Mus. Årbog (Årbok) 13: 4 (1907).

Iris persica var. purpurea (Siehe) Dykes, Gen. Iris: 191 (1913).

Juno purpurea (Siehe) Kamelin, Florogenet. Anal. Estest. Fl. Gorn. Sred. Azii: 252 (1973).


Chromosome counts

2n=24, Hall, 2000. ----


Iris galatica cultivars: 'Persica Galatica', 'Persica Purpurea'. ----


Iris galatica crosses: 'Amelia Beatrice', 'Per-Purs', 'Pursind'. a name="Distribution">----

Distribution and Cultivation

Distribution: Region:
Cultivation: seems to be the same as most bearded irises with perhaps a special emphasis on good drainage


Galactic-Purple formTony Hall.jpgGalactica Ozgur Kocak.jpgIris galactica Tony Hall.jpgirisgalatica01.jpg

References: Siehe 1901 article on Irises of the Persica Group ,

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