Iris lutescens

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Iris lutescens
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Genus: Iris
Subgenus: Iris subg. Iris
Section: Iris sect. Pogon
Species: I. lutescens
Binomial name
Iris lutescens

Iris chamaeiris

Iris lutescens, the Crimean iris, is a rhizomatous flowering plant in the genus Iris. It is native to North East Spain, Southern France and Italy. It is found on rocky or sandy hillsides or in woodlands.

It grows up to 30 cm (12 in) tall, with broad leaves (about 2.5 cm wide), producing yellow or violet flowers in spring (March–April). It prefers full sun, a slightly acid soil, and dry conditions during its dormant period in the summer. It is very hardy, down to −20 °C (−4 °F) or less.

This plant is cultivated as an ornamental plant in temperate regions. In the UK it has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.


  1. ^ a b c Phillips, Roger; Rix, Martyn (1991). Perennials Vol. 1. Pan Books Ltd. p. 188. ISBN 9780330327749.
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  3. ^ "Iris lutescens". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  4. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 53. Retrieved 13 March 2018.

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