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■ (SPEC) Iris kolpakowskiana

1877, Botanical author Regel

Iris kolpalkowskiana Regel (Eduard August von Regel, 1877) Subgenus Hermodactyloides , (Regel in Acta Hort. Petr. 5, 263, 634 (1877)

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Regel in Acta Hort. Petr. 5, 263, 634 (1877)
Gartenflora 27: 161. tab 939. 161. 1878 ;
For more about Reticulata Irises see Alan McMurtrie's website
Krelage 1879;
Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, t. 6469-6533, vol. 106 [ser. 3, vol. 36]: t. 6489 (1880) [F.W.T. Burbridge]
The Garden 33: 558. 16 June 1888;

As reported in "Iris(Xiphion) Kolpakowskyana.— In the autumn Dr. Regel kindly sent me a couple of bulbs of this beautiful species, which is, I believe, a native of Turkestan. They were crushed nearly flat in the pot, and I had but little hope that they would live. Since bulbs of Crocus alatavicus which accompanied them were hopelessly smashed. I planted the Iris in prepared charcoal, a wonderful restorative for injured or diseased bulbs, and one has recovered sufficiently to flower. It is a very distinct and lovely species, and a meet companion for its beautiful sisters Histrio and reticulatum. The leaves, as far a; I can see, are two or three in number, short, obovate lanceolate. Stem little or none. Limb pale lilac shaded with white. Falls obovate, tapering to a sharp point, at the base pure white, tips bright lilac ; keel bright yellow feathered with purple towards the base. Standards and claws pale lilac minutely freckled with white, giving the appearance of reticulation. Bulb somewhit resembling X. reticulatum. I flowered it in a pit in a cold frame. H. Harpuir-Crewe, Drayton-Beauchamp Rectory, Tring, January 17.
Dykes in The Genus Iris, 1913;
Rootstock , an ovate bulb, covered with a network of fibres, similar to those of I. reticulata, but if anything coarser.
Leaves , 3-4 are produced from each bulb, all enclosed in one membranous sheath, 2 in. long at flowering time, channelled with thick edges, linear, resembling those of some Crocuses.
Stem , not produced.
Spathe valves , distinctly green, acuminate.
Pedicel , ½ in.
Ovary , ½ in.
Tube , 2-3 in.
Falls : under surface, greenish yellow with purple shining through. Upper surface. The lanceolate blade is tipped with fine red purple with a few darker veins. Below this purple region the ground is of a creamy white colour on either side of the low yellow crest. On the haft the crest diverges into two yellow bands, which become greenish at the base and the ground is marked with dotted purplish veins.
Standards , concolour, oblong, of a very light purple.
Styles , concolour, very light purple.
Crests , narrow, pointed.
Stigma , entire.
Filaments ,
Anthers ,
Pollen , white.

This species is no longer apparently in cultivation in England and from the fact that it has more than once died out it would seem to be somewhat difficult to manage. Its Crocus-like foliage at once distinguishes it from all other Irises but its position in the Genus is uncertain.



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Distribution & Cultivation


Culture of Reticulata Group Irises

Quick Summary of Cultural Directions

Hardiness Zones 4-8 for most varieties, Some cultivars tolerate colder, others tolerate warmer zones (please comment in comment box with your location if this cultivar grows well in zone 3, 4, 9, or 10.)
Exposure Prefers full sun for optimal performance, may still bloom in half-day shade
Water: Prefers well drained good garden soil, Tolerant of dry conditions in established plants, Intolerant of swampy conditions.
PH Prefers Neutral to basic solis 6.1 to 8.5, quite toleranr of more extreme conditions
Fertilizer Prefers rich conditions on relatively inorganic soils.

-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07

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-- Main.RPries - 2010-02-04
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I. kolpakowskiana.jpgjpg I. kolpakowskiana.jpg manage 142 K 06 Apr 2019 - 22:20 Main.Betsy881 Photo by John Baumfalk
I. kolpakowskianaJB18.jpgjpg I. kolpakowskianaJB18.jpg manage 43 K 11 Mar 2018 - 22:16 Main.Betsy881 Photo by John Baumfalk
Iris-kolpakowskiana-11.jpgjpg Iris-kolpakowskiana-11.jpg manage 49 K 21 Jan 2015 - 14:04 BobPries Joyce Fingerut photo
Iris-kolpakowskiana-21.jpgjpg Iris-kolpakowskiana-21.jpg manage 70 K 21 Jan 2015 - 14:05 BobPries Ken Walker photo
Iris-kolpakowskiana-31.jpgjpg Iris-kolpakowskiana-31.jpg manage 60 K 21 Jan 2015 - 14:03 BobPries Ken Walker photo
KolpakowskianaBotMag.jpgjpg KolpakowskianaBotMag.jpg manage 87 K 28 Jul 2016 - 16:36 BobPries Bot Mag
iriskolpakakowskiana1.jpgjpg iriskolpakakowskiana1.jpg manage 56 K 08 Oct 2014 - 15:08 Main.TLaurin Photo by Kirsten
kolpakowskianaMcMurtrie.jpgjpg kolpakowskianaMcMurtrie.jpg manage 436 K 28 Jul 2016 - 16:22 BobPries Alan McMurtrie photo
kolpakowskianaMcMurtrie2.jpgjpg kolpakowskianaMcMurtrie2.jpg manage 282 K 28 Jul 2016 - 16:26 BobPries Alan McMurtrie photo
Topic revision: r16 - 25 Dec 2021, BobPries
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