■ (SPEC) Iris nelsonii Randolph
1966, Botanical author Dr. L. Fitz Randolph
(L. Fitz Randolph
, 1966, Abbeville Swamp,Louisiana) Subgenus Limniris, Series Hexagonae, 70-110 cm, Stems often branched. Flowers usually red but variable to yellows, pinks, reddish purple, up to 10 cm in diameter with petals often reflexed as in Iris fulva. A now stable species that arose from hybridization of I. fulva
and I. giganticaerulea
Baileya 14: 150. 1966
| Randolph Baileya 14: 150. 1966
Iris nelsonii cultivars
- 'Abbeville Red', 'Abeville Red Fulva', 'Abbeville Yellow', 'Bayou Vermillion', 'Bon Rouge', 'Breeder's Red', 'Candle Glow', 'Cardinalis', 'Chekilli', 'Chickasaw', 'Cousine Houma', 'Delta Magic', 'Delta Treasure', 'Dr. George Washington Carver', 'Forsythia', 'Grecian Rose', 'Gypsy Red', 'Haile Selassie', 'Homachitto', 'Homahoula', 'Jaune-Brun', 'King's Gold', 'Mardi Gras', 'Mei Ling', 'Old Coral', 'Olden Rose', 'Old Spice', 'Peggy Mac', 'Reflected Light', 'Rose Of Abbeyville', 'Queen Marie Laveau',
Iris nelsonii crosses:
¼ Iris nelsonii crosses
- 'Almeria', 'Barateria Bay', 'Beau Geste', 'Belle Helene', 'Bonne Idee', 'Bright Galaxy', 'Caddo', 'Cherry Bounce', 'Coral Bell', 'Down South', 'Eclipse', 'Highland Clan', 'Jambalaya', 'Kisatchie', 'Lafourche', 'Miss Louisiana', 'Morehouse', 'Nakatosh', 'Persian Pink', 'Plaquemine', 'Pomp & Glory', 'Red River', 'Richland', 'Saint Bernard', 'Serene Vitality', 'Shreveport', 'Sunlit Fields', 'Tahlequah', 'Tall Timber', 'The Khan', 'Tiger', 'Yellow Sunset', 'Wheelhorse', 'Wild Cherry',
- 'Miss Arkansas', 'This I Love'
Distribution & 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: Abbeville swamp of Vermilion Parishm in central south Louisiana. Due to the limited range of the species it is at high risk of going extinct due to developmentBonap'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.
| See more about preservation of Iris Nelsoni at Louisiana Iris Preservation Project
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