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■ (Spec) Iris amoena Candolle

1812, Candolle Amoena

Iris amoena ( Augustin Pyramus de Candolle in Les Liliacées (Redouté) table 336, 1812). This was probably an early or natural hybrid involving Iris variegata and possibly Iris pallida . It was a bearded Iris with White standards and dark bluish purple falls. It has given its name to a color pattern of tall-bearded irises featured dark colored falls of various colors and white standards.

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Candolle in Red. Lil. t. 336 (1812). Amoena
Sweet, Brit. Flow. Gdn. Ser. II. Vol. II. t. 165 (1832). Dykes made this observation. "Sweet's figure appears to represent a plant in which the markings on the falls are of a distinctly red shade."
Dykes in The Genus Iris, 1913, "The original description and figure of this Iris of uncertain origin depict a bearded Iris with white standards and falls veined with dull violet-blue on a white ground. Near the extremity of the blade these veins run together and almost entirely obscure the white groundwork. The spathes are green and the leaves are tinged with purple at the base. This Iris is probably a hybrid, but it is not yet possible to say with certainty what species must be combined to produce it. All that is certain is that among seedlings of European bearded Irises large numbers of this type appear. It is possible that it is merely a form or sport of I. variegata, in which the yellow colour is absent and replaced by white. Cf. I. variegata var. lepida (p. I 60 ).

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  • Received from a fellow HIPS member in trade. It expresses more Iris variegata marking and less of the Iris pallida "pucker" than I expected from views in art and prints. -- RobertGutowski - 01 Jun 2012
Topic revision: r15 - 09 May 2024, PascalJordan
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