about 1500, recorded by Linnaeus
(Collected Italy-Introduced N. Europe about 1500) TB-E-W1. Violet fragrance. H.C. "Probably aphylla
X pallida"-1939 Checklist
. [Note later chromosome study suggests a different parentage as yet undetermined]
See also a botanical listing as Iris florentina
| From Cornell Bulletin 112: FLORENTINA - (1500. Native to Italy and southern France). Color effect an iridescent creamy white self. Standards iridescent blue-white, fading to cream-white. falls same, yellowish on haft; veined olive. Beard yellow. This plant is a vigorous grower, and has broad, stiff, glaucous yellow-green foliage which persists in winter. Its spreading, open flowers, of opalescent cream and gray-blue tints, are excellent in the landscape mass or as cut flowers. It is sweet scented and early flowering. It is a common source of the dried orris root. This sort is one of the best ten, and rated too low at 76
| From Wing Seed catalog, 1919: FLORENTINE. QUEEN EMMA — (Syn. Alba Odorata.) Pure white slightly tinted blue; S. long and tapering; F. very long. Fragrant. Vigorous plant. 25¢.
| Frpm Indian Spring Farms catalog, 1927: FLORENTINA ALBA 7.6. The early May-flowering white, flushedlavender, that blooms along with Kochi. Free blooming. 24 inches.The Fleur-de-lis of literature. 25 cts. each; 60 cts. for 3; $2.00 per doz
Alba Odorata; Florentina alba; Florentina latifolia; Florentina Queen Emma; Florentina Silver King; Florentine, Gambetta.
Quick Summary of Cultural Directions
| FURTHER CULTURAL INFORMATION
| 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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