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Iris albicans

Botanical Name: Iris albicans (added by D. Kramb, 01-DEC-03)

Botanical Synonyms:



Eupogon (D. Kramb, 26-DEC-03 )

Common Names:


Chromosome Count:

The plants in distribution in the U.S.A. have 2n=24, but may be hybrids. Recently wild-collected specimens have not yet been counted. (D. Kramb, 05-SEP-04)

General Description:

Has white or blue flowers, with good branching, with blossoms held close to the stems. Beards are yellow. (D. Kramb, 26-DEC-03 )

Bloom stalks reach 12 to 18 inches tall and have short branches. (D. Kramb, 05-SEP-04)

Distinguishing Features:


Preferred Habitat:

Sunny embankments and slopes. It is prone to bacterial soft rot in cold, wet climates. (D. Kramb, 26-DEC-03)


Estimated Zones 5-8. (D. Kramb, 26-DEC-03 )

Native Range:

Yemen (D. Kramb, 01-DEC-03)

Arabian Peninsula (D. Kramb, 26-DEC-03 )

Yemen & Saudi Arabia at altitudes of up to 2700 meters. (D. Kramb, 05-SEP-04)

Status in the Wild:


Commercial Availability:


Sources Cited:

Most info entereted by me on 26-DEC-03 comes from the book "Iris" by Fritz Kohlein (D. Kramb, 26-DEC-03 )

Info entered on 05-SEP-04 comes from the fall 1998 SIGNA bulletin #61, page 3147. (D. Kramb, 05-SEP-04)

Additional Comments:

This iris was planted on graves in Muslem regions and consequently grows in many countries throughout the Middle East and northern Africa. (D. Kramb, 26-DEC-03 )

Where to buy it:

Paul Christian Rare Plants UK

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