The Garden 71(1868): 431 (September 7, 1907)
Iris x Paracina

THIS is a distinct and interesting hybrid, which attracted a good deal of attention when on June 11 it came before the Royal Horticultural Society and received the award of merit. The distinctive features of the hybrid, while furnishing unmistakable evidence, as we think, of one of its parents, provides the student and the hybridist with material for thought and reflection, inasmuch as the one parent, viz., I. paradoxa, cannot be regarded as a tractable garden plant generally, though it may be turned to excellent account when used as a seed parent in cross-breeding and hybridising. The quaint colouring, dwarf growth and the more or less horizontally disposed falls—the latter a sort of contradiction in terms—all point to the influence of I. paradoxa. It is by no means improbable that the parentage of the plant is on a par with I. paravar (I. paradoxa x I. variegata var.), and if so the weight of influence of the pollen parent should render the subject of our note an excellent garden plant. The standards are nearly self all coloured purplish, the falls of a maroon-purple and somewhat heavily lined or veined with white.

It grows about 15 inches high, and will be found of much service in the forefront of the border and again in the rock garden. The plant was exhibited by Messrs. Barr and Sons, Covent Garden.—E. Jenkins.

Jour. Hort. and Home Farmer, June 13, 1907

Iris paracina (Barr and Sons).—Parentage; I. paradoxa x sambucina. Dark violet standards, white heavily veined falls. A.M.

Iris paradoxa Iris sambucina