Gardeners' Chronicle, June 22, 1901

S. Arnott, Gorsethorn, by Dumfries, N. B.


This interesting and pretty Iris it one of the few hybrids which have been obtained between the Irises of the sub-genus Oncocyclus and the Pogonirises, its parents being I. paradoxa of the former, and I. variegata of the latter section. I have no positive information regarding the hybridiser, but I have an impression that I was told some time ago that it originated with Sir M. Foster, in his garden at Shelford. The flower illustrated (fig. 149) was produced from a plant obtained from Messrs. Wallace & Co., of Colchester, last autumn, although I had previously flowered this hybrid, but unfortunately lost the plant through its becoming overgrown by others in a border. This time it has been grown on a low part of the roof of my garden-study, where I am experimenting with the Oncocyclus Irises, and where it was covered with a frame during winter, although air was always admitted and frost was never excluded. The plant produced two stems, each of which carried two flowers, and these generally follow in their colouring the form of I. paradoxa, called violacea by Mr. Baker. "Purple-black" is Messrs. Wallace's description of the colours; but this does not take into account the tawny colours and brown shadings which exist in the flower. It is likely that it will prove to be a much better doer than any of the pure Oncocyclus Irises.

This Iris has been called both paravar and parvar. The former is the more agreeable in sound, but, I am not quite certain which it should be called.