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Iris wilsonii

Iris wilsonii

The photographer and author today is Taisha. She writes:

While walking through the David C. Lam Asian Garden, I found some visual appeal in the blossoms of Iris wilsonii swaying on stems of different heights. In the Garden today, they are highlighted by brief flashes of early-summer sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day.

Iris wilsonii is a Siberian iris (series Sibericae), native to China (note that Siberian in this case is a botanical-horticultural grouping). In China, it is found at mid- to high elevations in alpine meadows, streamsides and forest margins of the western part of the country. Iris wilsonii was introduced to Western cultivation by Ernest Henry Wilson around 1907. Irises in the Sibericae series can often be easily confused with each other, in part because they readily hybridize.

According to A Guide to the Species Irises: Their Identification and Cultivation, this herbaceous perennial grows to 60-70cm in height with grey-green leaves of about the same length as the hollow stem. The unbranched stem supports fragrant flowers in early summer, often of pale yellow with purple-brown stripes and spots. The fruit of this species is an ellipsoidal capsule that is borne on long pedicels.

4 Comments

Mary Yee commented:

Lovely, with its yellow signals and ripply petals

I shared this one on my Pinterest Board. A Pinterest sharing button on your site would spread more beauty and spread your good works further. Kat

I've never seen this iris before. such beauty in its pastelness (if that's really a word?)

ps. I just noticed the long white space requiring a scroll down is gone. the pic of the day loaded right up top. :) Yayyyy!

elizabeth a airhart commented:

h w Longfellow
oh flower-de-luce.bloom on and let the river
linger to kiss thy feet
o flower of song bloom on and make forever
more fair and sweet
from the beautiful Asian wood blocks
to this very day the iris is a most
favorite flower to paint
the early people here in the usa
grew wild iris for medical use


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