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■(TB) 'Florentina'

about 1500, recorded by Linnaeus (1753)

'Florentina' (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]

Note: See also a botanical listing as Iris florentina L..

See below:

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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

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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-- LaurieFrazer - 2010-01-22
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Florentina.jpgjpg Florentina.jpg manage 24 K 19 Nov 2010 - 18:42 UnknownUser Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
Florentina02.JPGJPG Florentina02.JPG manage 80 K 25 Mar 2014 - 15:22 UnknownUser Photo by Blue J Iris
Florentina11.jpgjpg Florentina11.jpg manage 38 K 17 Jul 2013 - 03:01 UnknownUser Photo by Napa Country Iris Gardens
Florentina9.JPGJPG Florentina9.JPG manage 26 K 07 Jul 2021 - 02:35 UnknownUser Photo by Ozark Iris Gardens
FlorentinaBHI.JPGJPG FlorentinaBHI.JPG manage 1 MB 07 Aug 2016 - 19:09 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
FlorentinaBHI1.JPGJPG FlorentinaBHI1.JPG manage 75 K 16 Aug 2021 - 18:34 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
FlorentinaJB.jpgjpg FlorentinaJB.jpg manage 60 K 28 Jan 2012 - 20:19 Main.Betsy881 Photo by John Black, zone 4, Montana
FlorentinaRT.jpgjpg FlorentinaRT.jpg manage 20 K 22 Jan 2012 - 17:33 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Rick Tasco
Iris_florentina_2_e.jpgjpg Iris_florentina_2_e.jpg manage 42 K 15 Jul 2010 - 23:22 Main.rivdel TBFlorentina by Stephanie Boot. Photographed in Southern France
Iris_florentina_clump_e.jpgjpg Iris_florentina_clump_e.jpg manage 68 K 15 Jul 2010 - 23:23 Main.rivdel TBFlorentina by Stephanie Boot. Photographed in Southern France
florentina01.jpgjpg florentina01.jpg manage 74 K 29 Feb 2016 - 13:56 UnknownUser Photo by Kelways-United Kingdom
florentina1.jpgjpg florentina1.jpg manage 50 K 11 Jul 2010 - 04:26 Main.mikeu Florentina by Mike Unser
florentina12.JPGJPG florentina12.JPG manage 71 K 12 Sep 2013 - 15:32 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald
florentina2.jpgjpg florentina2.jpg manage 35 K 11 Jul 2010 - 04:27 Main.mikeu Florentina by Mike Unser
florentina5.jpgjpg florentina5.jpg manage 72 K 22 Jan 2010 - 04:24 Main.htb ©2006 Laurie Frazer
florentina_fl.jpgjpg florentina_fl.jpg manage 40 K 24 Jan 2012 - 04:22 IrisP  
floretina03.jpgjpg floretina03.jpg manage 64 K 05 Jun 2014 - 22:46 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the Rosalie Figge slide collection
rsz_florintina-jb.jpgjpg rsz_florintina-jb.jpg manage 71 K 10 Dec 2012 - 16:36 Main.Harloiris Photo by John Black, zone 4, Montana
Topic revision: r35 - 27 Aug 2023, Harloiris
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