Iris zagrica

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Iris zagrica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Subfamily: Iridoideae
Tribe: Irideae
Genus: Iris
Subgenus: Hermodactyloides
Section: Reticulatae
Species: I. zagrica
Binomial name
Iris zagrica
B.Mathew and Zarrei

Iris zagrica is a species in the genus Iris, in the subgenus Hermodactyloides and section Reticulatae. It is a bulbous perennial plant.

It was described by botanical authors Brian Mathew and Mehdi Zarrei in 2009, who published their findings in Curtis's Botanical Magazine volume 26(3), pages 245-252, table 653.[1]

Its name was verified in the US in 2003, by ARS Systematic Botanists[2][not in citation given]

It was named after the Zagros Mountains in Iran.[1]

In 2010, it was exhibited at the RHS London Early Spring Show by a Director of Kew. It was awarded a Botanical Certificate by the Joint Rock Garden Plant Committee of the Alpine Garden Society.[3]


It has a long icy blue flower stalk and a very short tube. The blue standards have a darker central zone. The falls are powerfully veined, imperial purple, with an orange central crest.[4]

Some rare versions have pure white flowers.[5]

Kew Gardens has a bulb originally collected in 08/05/1962 from the 'Zirreh Pass' in Iran, it was originally named Iris reticulata before being reclassified.[6]


Originating from and named after the Zagros, a mountain range in western Iran. It can also be found in Iraq.[5] It can be found as high as almost 2000m above sea level.[6]


  1. ^ a b "653. Iris zagrica". Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Iris winkleri". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "RHS London Early Spring Show 2010". 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Autumn 2013 Catalogue" (pdf). 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Janis Ruksans, Bulb Nursery Catalogue" (pdf). 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Specimen: K000524267". Retrieved 28 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

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