Family Iridiceae Genus Iris Subgenus Limniris (the beardless irises) Section Limniris Subsection Apogon Series Sibiricae (SIB) Prefer damp conditions in mountain meadows or light woodland Stout rhizomes, generally hollow-stemmed, deciduous Three-cornered capsules, D-shaped seeds Subseries Sibiricae-28 chromosomes- "robust" Siberians Native to central Europe and eastern Asia Easily grown in much of the US and southern Canada. Most garden plants are hybrids of I. siberica and I. sanguinea. Seed capsules are hard with blunt tops Short spathes, small flanges I. siberica -- medium-narrow leaves 4mm 6cm. flowers high above foliage found N. Italy to Lake Baikal I. sanguinea -- medium leaves 5-12mm stalks shorter, unbranched flowers 6-8cm., found in east Asia I. typhifolia -- narrow leaves 2-3mm, found in China Subseries Chrysographes-40 chromosomes- "gracile" Siberians Native to southwestern China Seed capsules are delicate with spiked tops Long spathes, large flanges Can be grown in moist areas with winter protection. I. bulleyana -- questionable as a species I. chrysographes -- deep velvety rose/purple/black I. clarkei -- wide leaves, solid stems! I. delavayi -- five feet tall I. dykesii -- questionable as a species I. forestii -- yellow, tall flowers I. phragmitetorum -- extinct? I. wilsonii -- yellow, wide flowers
Characteristic of these plants are large flaring flowers of rich color, stout stalks, and wide leaves that often curve laterally. A good example of such a plant is the popular Jewelled Crown. Tetraploids are especially popular as cut flowers, while devotees of diploids consider their graceful plant form especially attractive.
The Siberian Iris, by Currier McEwen, 1996, 206 pages, 37 color plates, ISBN 0-88192-329-X, is a general guide to all aspects of the Siberian irises--history, classification, culture, evaluation, and hybridizing. about $40.
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