Iris PersicaPersian Iris
- Class and Order
- Triandria Monogynia
- Generic Character
- Corolla 6-partita: Petalis alternis, reflexis. Stigmata petaliformia.
- Specific Character and Synonyms
- IRIS Persica corolla imberbi, petalis interioribus brevissimis patentissimis. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. p. 79. Sp. Pl. p. 59
- IRIS bulbosa præcox minus odora Persica variegata. Moris. hist. 2. p. 357
- XIPHIUM Persicum. Miller Dict. ed. 6. 4to
- The Persian bulbous Flower-de-luce. Parkins. Parad. p. 172.
A native of Persia. Flowers in February and March. 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; a few flowers will scent a whole apartment: it will also blossom in the open air, but requires warmth and shelter; it is propagated by offsets and seeds; the best flowering roots are imported from Holland, they bear forcing well; and hence this plant may be had to flower a full month or six weeks in succession.
Parkinson remarks, that in his time (1629) it was very rare, and seldom bore flowers.