Iris latifolia

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English Iris
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Iris latifolia, the Pyrenees
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Genus: Iris
Species: I. latifolia
Binomial name
Iris latifolia
(Mill.) Voss, 1895
Iris latifolia - MHNT

The English iris, Iris latifolia, also known as I. xiphiodes and I. anglica, is a hardy flowering bulbous species of the iris genus, in the family Iridaceae. It is native to the Pyrenees of Northwestern Spain. It is widely cultivated in temperate regions for its blue flowers which appear in early Summer.

I. latifolia grows to a height of 50 cm[1] The plant produces two or three deep blue flowers with yellow marks in the center of the lower petals. Flowers are six-petaled and 12-13 centimeters in diameter. Leaves are stiff and sword-shaped, approximately 60 cm long, and dark green to teal in color. Leaves begin growth in early spring, before the snow has entirely melted. It is a bulbous iris, as opposed to a rhizomatous iris. The bulb has a thin, dark brown skin and grows 10– 15 cm deep in the ground.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iris latifolia
  2. ^ "Iris latifolia". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 23 July 2013.