Iris lutescens

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Iris lutescens
Iris lutescens (yellow form).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Tribe: Irideae
Genus: Iris
Species: I. lutescens
Binomial name
Iris lutescens

'Iris chamaeiris'[1]

Iris lutescens (Crimean iris) is a rhizomatous flowering plant in the genus Iris. It is cultivated as an ornamental plant in temperate regions. It grows up to 30cm tall, with broad leaves (about 2.5cm wide),[1] producing yellow or violet flowers in spring (March-April). It prefers dry conditions during its dormant period in the summer.[2]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]

It is native to North East Spain, Southern France and Italy. It is found on rocky or sandy hillsides or in woodlands.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Phillips, Roger; Rix, Martyn (1991). Perennials Vol. 1. Pan Books Ltd. p. 188. ISBN 9780330327749. 
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  3. ^ "Iris lutescens". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 23 July 2013.