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■ (Spec) Iris reginae Horvat

1947, Botanical author Horvat

Iris reginae (Ivo and Marija Horvat, 1947, Macedonia). 20-24" (50-60 cm). "Its blossom is somewhat larger than that of Iris variegata, which is closely related. The petals are narrower and longer than those of the latter. The ground color of the blossoms off-white, and the veins are a beautifully contrasting violet. On closer inspection the standards are also delicately shaded. The leaves are extremely crescent-shaped and their lengthwise veins stand out even more than Iris variegata. The standards are somewhat open, and the diameter of the blossom is up to 4" (10 cm)." - Kohlein, Iris.

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In Eupogon Iris in Cultivation (1970)
as I. reqinae Horvat, Glasn. Soc. Sci. Nat. Croatica, Biol. Ser. 2/B, 1: 20, 1947, Yugoslavia. (1) Hort. Class: MTB, 2n=24. White with purple veins. Unident. clones widely distributed.

Hanselmayer: Hans. list 1957, to Mel 1958, to ERo 1961.
Randolph Y-13: type specimen from Horvat garden, Yugo. JGW, Berk. 2n=24. Karyotype similar to that of I. variegata. Appears to be a blue form of variegata.
Randolph Y-15: Horvat's garden, Yugo. Leaves short, sickle-shaped, slender stems, freely branching and profusely flowering; spathes green not papery, form same as I variegata. Color like variegata with white replacing yellow background, falls veined purple all over with concentrated spot of color at very tip of F which flare horizontally. S upright and open, narrow petals, beard white, pale yellow in haft. 2n=24.
Witt clone: to AB, to COG 1965: "Pale lavender-blue S, F white veined with violet, deeper spot at tip. S thin, open (really white peppered violet, a lavender-blue look). F horizontal, thin. White beard. Height 19 1/2 in, four branches on one stalk." JGW: "F show a pale echo of F pattern on inside." "Gives some yellow-ground sdgs when crossed to non-yellow 2n TB."
Zagreb #3: Hanselmayer to PC 1956, ?l. reginae ... "Bloomed on 10-in stem at the time of our tall bearded and I found this a very fine and most interesting iris. " PC thought this true reginae.


Considered by lumpers to be Iris variegata L. var reginae but original authors considered it a true species allied to Iris variegata. Plants fulfill the characteristics of miniature tall bearded Irises and may appear in lists of MTBs.

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Cultivars with a grandparent that was I. reginae: 'Eowyn'; 'Eramosa Cloud Drifter'; 'Eramosa Freckles'; 'Fair Haldis'; 'Freckle's Sister'

Distribution and Cultivation

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-- LoicT - 2009-12-04
  • The two pictures i've uploaded are from the Variegata-Reginae that i got from Chuck Chapman. The falls are quite wide compared to some others i have seen on the web. Maybe it is a Hybrid, but as far as i am concered, i find it splendid! -- LoicT - 04 Dec 2009
  • This clone was also from Chuck Chapman. Narrower and more purple than Loic's. Zone 7 in Pennsylvania. May 21, 2012. Two weeks earlier than prior years. -- RobertGutowski - 01 Jun 2012
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Topic revision: r26 - 23 Aug 2020, TLaurin
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