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■ (SPEC) Iris junonia Schott & Kotschy

1854, botanical author Schott & Kotschy

Iris junonia Schott & Kotschy. (Heinrich Wilhelm Schott and Karl Georg Theodor Kotschy, 1854, Cicilian Taurus); Section Iris. TB; Height 20-26" (50-65 cm); B; Flowers white, pale cream, yellow, pale blue or purple; beards yellow; hafts white veined brown-purple;

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Iris junonia Schott, Oesterr. Bot. Wochenbl. 4: 209 (1854).
Van T. 1900; Dammann 1901; Farr 1912;
"Bearded Irises Tried at Wisley"-Journal of The Royal Horticultural Society 128;
Gardening Illustrated 37: 503. 14 Aug. 1914 illustrated;
Dykes, The Genus Iris, 1913


Rootstock, a compact, stout rhizome.
Leaves, short in comparison with the stem, 12-14 in. by 1 3/4 at the widest point which is about the middle, glaucous.
Stem, about 20--24 in., bearing a terminal head of two flowers and four lateral branches, the lowest 3 1/2 in. long and the uppermost very short.
Spathe valves, pale-green, scarious in the upper 1/2 or 1/3, 1 1/2 in. long.
Pedicel, none.
Ovary, trigonal, with concave sides.
Tube, 1 in. long, green, becoming broader above.
Falls, obovate cuneate ; the ground of the haft is white, coarsely veined with yellow-brown. The blade is of a light blue purple, suffused with a redder shade just beyond the end of the beard, which consists of white hairs tipped with orange. 3 1/2 in. by 1 3/4 in.
Standards, obovate unguiculate with a short, channelled haft spotted with red-brown on white. The blade is of a pale lavender blue and the sides are much reflexed laterally. Styles, broad, almost white, slightly shaded with blue-purple along the keel.
Crests, large, triangular, revolute with serrate edge.
Stigma, entire.
Filaments, anthers and pollen, all cream-coloured.
Capsule, 2 1/2 in. long, trigonal with slightly hollow sides, and grooved at the angles. The walls are very thick.
Seeds, large, pyriform, dark brown, wrinkled.


I owe the specimen of this plant, which has flowered with me and produced seed, to the kindness of a friend in the south of France, an enthusiastic and successful grower of Irises. He was fortunate enough to obtain a plant from Messrs Haage and Schmidt of Erfurt, who received it from Herr Siehe when the latter rediscovered it in its original habitat. I am informed that later importations have not turned out to be the true plant but varieties of I . cypriana or of I . mesopotamua. This accounts for the fact that when Foster received specimens he recognised their specific identity with his I. cypriana and owing to the priority in publication of the name of I. Junonia proposed to change the name of I. cypriana to I. Junonia var. cypriana (see p. 177 and Gard. Chron. 1905, July 1st).

The true plant is very handsome and quite distinct. It seems to be hardier than some of the forms of I. cypriana, whose leaves attain some length before the winter. The foliage of I. Junonia somewhat resembles that of I. pallida and dies away almost entirely in the autumn. It has done well with me in a fairly sheltered position in clay soil lightened and enriched with leaf mold. It comes into flower at the end of May and is distinguished by the tall stem with its many branching heads and strikingly short foliage.
Bon. 1920; Sheets 1928; Mt. Upton 1939;


Junonia Iris; Juononia; Junoniana; Junonica; Pallida Junonia. see Iris germanica 'Junonia'. ----

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Distribution & Cultivation

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-- Main.RPries - 2010-02-08
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Iris-junoniaBaumunk.jpgjpg Iris-junoniaBaumunk.jpg manage 54 K 26 Jul 2016 - 15:08 BobPries Lowell Baumunk photo
Iris-junoniaMathes.jpgjpg Iris-junoniaMathes.jpg manage 59 K 26 Jul 2016 - 15:09 BobPries Harold Mathes photo
Iris-junoniaWalker.jpgjpg Iris-junoniaWalker.jpg manage 39 K 26 Jul 2016 - 15:06 BobPries Ken Walker photo
Iris_junonianaStuber.jpgjpg Iris_junonianaStuber.jpg manage 60 K 26 Jul 2016 - 16:02 BobPries Kurt Stüber photo from Wikicommons
Junonia_WikiCommonsKurtStuber.jpgjpg Junonia_WikiCommonsKurtStuber.jpg manage 50 K 26 Jul 2016 - 15:04 BobPries Kurt Stüber photographer
junonia01.JPGJPG junonia01.JPG manage 65 K 22 Oct 2014 - 23:51 Main.TLaurin Photo by Joe Pye Weed's Garden
junonia02.JPGJPG junonia02.JPG manage 77 K 22 Oct 2014 - 23:53 Main.TLaurin Photo by Joe Pye Weed's Garden
junonia03.JPGJPG junonia03.JPG manage 104 K 22 Oct 2014 - 23:55 Main.TLaurin Photo by Joe Pye Weed's Garden
junonia1.jpgjpg junonia1.jpg manage 207 K 14 Jun 2016 - 21:20 Main.TLaurin Photo by Marty Shafer/Jan Sacks-Joe Pye Weed's Garden
junonia5.JPGJPG junonia5.JPG manage 347 K 12 May 2019 - 12:43 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the Carol Lankow slide collection
junonia8.JPGJPG junonia8.JPG manage 110 K 11 Jan 2024 - 20:27 Main.TLaurin Photo by Kenneth Fenn-Newbridge-Victoria-Australia
junoniaLight.jpgjpg junoniaLight.jpg manage 37 K 05 Jun 2010 - 20:12 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Jensen
junoniaSilvers.jpgjpg junoniaSilvers.jpg manage 34 K 26 Jul 2016 - 14:59 BobPries Tom Silvers photo
junonia_-_Jensen.jpgjpg junonia_-_Jensen.jpg manage 17 K 09 Feb 2010 - 18:39 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Jensen
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