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Iris aphylla

Botanical Name: Iris aphylla (added by D. Kramb, 05-OCT-03)

Botanical Synonyms:

Iris hungarica, Iris polonica, I.bohemica etc. (Yu.Pirogov, 20-NOV-03)


Eupogon, MTB (D. Kramb, 05-OCT-03)

Eupogon, SDB or IB (Tom Waters, 18-DEC-10)

Common Names:

Miniature tall bearded iris, table iris (D. Kramb, 05-OCT-03)

Stool Iris (Tom Waters, 18-DEC-10)

Chromosome Count:

4n=48 (tetraploid) (D. Kramb, 14-SEP-04)

2n=4x=48; a few diploid forms have been reported (Tom Waters, 18-DEC-10)

General Description:

6"-12" (15-30cm) tall, with pale to dark purple or violet-blue flowers (D. Kramb, 05-OCT-03)

Distinguishing Features:

Flower stalks have many branches (D. Kramb, 05-OCT-03)

Branches from below the midpoint of the stem (Tom Waters, 18-DEC-10)

Preferred Habitat:

Forest-steppes. On sands and limestone in the North (D. Kramb, 05-OCT-03)


Estimated Zone 3-8 (D. Kramb, 05-OCT-03)

Native Range:

Central and Eastern Europe (D. Kramb, 05-OCT-03)

Status in the Wild:

Rare and endangered in most countries (Yu.Pirogov, 20-NOV-03)

Commercial Availability:

Specialty (D. Kramb, 05-OCT-03)

Sources Cited:


Additional Comments:

The word "aphylla" is Greek for "without leaf" in reference to its habit of going dormant in winter. (D. Kramb, 26-DEC-03)

Where to buy it:

Arrowhead Alpines

Durio Nursery

Iris Colorado

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