Iris aucheri

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Iris aucheri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Subfamily: Iridoideae
Tribe: Irideae
Genus: Iris
Subgenus: Scorpiris
Species: I. aucheri
Binomial name
Iris aucheri
(Baker) Sealy[1]

Iris aucheri (Aucher-Éloy iris) is a species of flowering plant in the family Iridaceae. It is also widely cultivated for its showy flowers. Growing to 10–20 cm (4–8 in) tall, it is a bulbous perennial in the Juno group of irises (multiple flowers per plant).

I. aucheri grows to 25 cm (10 in) tall, with crowded lanceolate leaves, producing several flowers in late winter or early spring. The flowers may be white, pale blue or dark blue, with a yellow splash on the falls. It has a violet-like scent.

It requires neutral or slightly alkaline soil in a sheltered, frost-free spot, or it can be grown in an unheated greenhouse or conservatory, in the UK.[2][3]

It is hardy to USDA Zone 6.[4]

The Latin specific epithet aucheri commemorates the 19th century French botanist Pierre Martin Rémi Aucher-Éloy.[5]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[6]

It is native to Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Jordan.[4]


  1. ^ "Iris aucheri". International Plant Names Index (IPNI). Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  3. ^ "Juno irises A-I". Pacific Bulb Society. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "IRIS FLEUR-DE-LYS Iridaceae (Iris family)". 12 May 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  6. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Iris aucheri". Retrieved 23 June 2013.