Iris reticulata

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Iris reticulata
Iris reticulata.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Tribe: Irideae
Genus: Iris
Subgenus: Hermodactyloides
Species: I. reticulata
Binomial name
Iris reticulata
M.Bieb.

Iris reticulata is a species of flowering plant in the family Iridaceae. It is native to Russia, the Caucasus, and northern Iran, but cultivated widely in temperate regions. The reticulata group of irises is characterised by a fibrous net surrounding the bulb. They are small plants to 15 centimetres (5.9 in), with tubular, sharply-pointed, ribbed leaves, and flowers of yellow, blue or purple with an orange blaze on the falls, appearing in early spring. They are hardy, but prefer a well-drained sunny position in soil which dries out in summer; they are therefore suitable for a rock or gravel garden.[1]

This plant,[2] and its cultivars 'George'[3] and 'Katharine Hodgkin'[4] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Iris reticulata". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Iris reticulata 'George'". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Iris reticulata 'Katharine Hodgkin'". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  5. ^ Leeds, Rod (2001). Bulbs (RHS practical guides). United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 80. ISBN 075134723X.