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■ (SPEC) Iris nelsonii Randolph

1966, Botanical author Dr. L. Fitz Randolph

Iris nelsoni (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. Randolph Baileya 14: 150. 1966

See below:
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Randolph Baileya 14: 150. 1966


Abbeville Reds ----


Iris nelsonii cultivars include;
  • '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:
  • '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',
¼ Iris nelsonii crosses
  • '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 development

Bonap'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. ( 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)]
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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-- Main.RPries - 2010-02-22
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I.nelsonii01.jpgjpg I.nelsonii01.jpg manage 73 K 22 Sep 2014 - 02:56 Main.TLaurin Photo by John Weiler
I_nelsonii.jpgjpg I_nelsonii.jpg manage 57 K 29 Jan 2011 - 19:04 EleanorHutchison photo by Rodney Barton
I_nelsonii_Y.jpgjpg I_nelsonii_Y.jpg manage 57 K 29 Jan 2011 - 19:05 EleanorHutchison photo by Rodney Barton
Iris-nelsonii-4.jpgjpg Iris-nelsonii-4.jpg manage 39 K 29 Sep 2010 - 17:22 UnknownUser Seeds
NelsoniiSIGNA11LA114410.jpgjpg NelsoniiSIGNA11LA114410.jpg manage 147 K 06 Feb 2012 - 20:14 UnknownUser Pries photo
NelsoniiSIGNA11LA114larger411.jpgjpg NelsoniiSIGNA11LA114larger411.jpg manage 74 K 06 Feb 2012 - 20:15 UnknownUser Pries photo
P4060123.JPGJPG P4060123.JPG manage 48 K 24 Mar 2010 - 19:17 Main.bmanuel I. Nelsonii in natural habitat
abbevilleyellow01.jpgjpg abbevilleyellow01.jpg manage 47 K 19 Aug 2014 - 21:57 Main.TLaurin Photo by Iris City Gardens
inelsonii01.jpgjpg inelsonii01.jpg manage 60 K 19 Aug 2014 - 21:54 Main.TLaurin Photo by Iris City Gardens
nelsonii02.JPGJPG nelsonii02.JPG manage 94 K 23 Apr 2014 - 02:22 Main.TLaurin Photo by Benny Trahan
nelsonii02.jpgjpg nelsonii02.jpg manage 184 K 13 Sep 2017 - 02:12 Main.TLaurin Photo by Amazing Iris Garden-New Zealand
nelsonii03.JPGJPG nelsonii03.JPG manage 88 K 23 Apr 2014 - 02:25 Main.TLaurin Photo by Benny Trahan
nelsonii04.JPGJPG nelsonii04.JPG manage 64 K 23 Apr 2014 - 02:29 Main.TLaurin Photo by Benny Trahan
nelsonii05.JPGJPG nelsonii05.JPG manage 76 K 23 Apr 2014 - 02:32 Main.TLaurin Photo by Benny Trahan
nelsonii06.JPGJPG nelsonii06.JPG manage 96 K 23 Apr 2014 - 02:35 Main.TLaurin Photo by Benny Trahan
nelsonii07.JPGJPG nelsonii07.JPG manage 95 K 23 Apr 2014 - 02:37 Main.TLaurin Photo by Benny Trahan
nelsonii08.JPGJPG nelsonii08.JPG manage 59 K 23 Apr 2014 - 02:45 Main.TLaurin Photo by Benny Trahan
nelsonii1.jpgjpg nelsonii1.jpg manage 999 K 22 Mar 2017 - 15:57 Main.TLaurin Photo by Cindy Dufrene-Cindy's Louisiana Iris
nelsonii5.jpgjpg nelsonii5.jpg manage 123 K 12 Apr 2020 - 02:41 Main.TLaurin Photo by Judy Schneider-The Shady Spot
nelsonii6.jpegjpeg nelsonii6.jpeg manage 52 K 20 Feb 2020 - 03:02 Main.TLaurin Photo by Carla Lankow
nelsonii7.jpegjpeg nelsonii7.jpeg manage 32 K 20 Feb 2020 - 02:51 Main.TLaurin Photo by Carla Lankow
nelsonii8.JPGJPG nelsonii8.JPG manage 61 K 23 Apr 2014 - 02:44 Main.TLaurin Photo by Benny Trahan
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