|Iris Persica or Persian
Iris is a native of Persia. Up to 300 species have been placed in the genus
Iris. There are many species of Iris, widely distributed throughout the
north temperate zone.
Its beauty, early appearance,
and fragrant blossoms, make it highly esteemed by all lovers of flowers;
like the Hyacinth or Narcissus it will blow within doors in a water-glass,
but stronger in a small pot of sand, or sandy loam. Just a few flowers
will scent a whole apartment.
Persian Iris will also blossom
in the open air, but requires warmth and shelter. The earliest bloom depends
on the location, in some warmer climates it could even blossom during February
and March. In our area, mostly April and May. It is propagated by offsets
and seeds. The best flowering roots are usually imported from Holland and
they bear forcing well.