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One of the original species irises that today’s bearded iris are descended from. Lovely, graceful blooms on tall stalks. Flowers are periwinkle blue lightly flushed pink, and have a wonderful ‘grape’ aroma. Very hardy and vigorous, and widely grown across the US and Europe.

Like other natural hybrids it is more a ‘type’ of iris than a specific clone, and there are several cultivars, varying in minor details, under this name.

From “The Storrs and Harrison Co, Painesville Nurseries”, 1921, Painsville Ohio.
Pallida Dalmatica  “A rare delightful variety, especially fine for massing as well as for cutting. Tall growing; with very large full formed flowers of soft lavender the falls being of a deeper hue.”
Pallida Perfecta  Strong growing as the tye, with splendid flowers of rosy violet, with orange beard.”
Parisiensis Large, deep purple, delicately penciled white.”

 

 

 

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I. Pallida

Lamarck, collected 1789

Iris Class: Bearded
Bearded Class: Tall Bearded
Age: Before 1900
Fall Color: Lavender
Standard Color: Lavender
Pattern: Self
Beard Color: Lemon/Light Yellow
Hybridizer: Lamarck
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