Iris douglasiana

Iris douglasiana

Habitat:
Grows in a variety of acid to neutral soils in full sun or part shade

Description and Distribution:
An evergreen perennial to 70cm tall, with narrow, dark green leaves and usually branched stems bearing purple or lavender-blue flowers up to 10cm wide in late spring, the falls often with a white basal patch From southern Oregon to southern California.

Background:
This species was named after David Douglas (1799-1834) a botanist who travelled throughout California and the Pacific Northwest. After serving as a gardener at the Botanical Garden at Glasgow, Douglas went to the U.S. as a botanical collector for the Royal Horticultural Society. His first trip was to the Oregon Territory in 1823; he later made several other scientific journeys, especially to the North American Far West. In 1825 he went to British Columbia and travelled inland to Hudson Bay, which he reached in 1827; he discovered many plant species along the way, including the Douglas fir. From 1830 to 1834 he explored California and the Fraser River region. He introduced some 50 new trees and shrubs and about 100 herbaceous plants into England during his career.

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