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Iris spuria L. subsp. halophila (Pall.) B.Mathew & Wendelbo.

A very vigorous and hardy, free-flowering rhizomatour iris with white, dingy white-yellow or grey-purple flowers, sometimes golden yellow.  [RHSD, BIS, Lynch].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Although ochroleuca, halophila, and spuria, have maintained themselves till now in the rank of a multitude of spontaneous, as well as garden specimens, we cannot detect the slightest character that can be adduced to discriminate them in any way than as varieties of each other.’  [BM t.1131/1813].  ‘We confess that we are unable at present to detect any other distinctions between [I. halophila] and I. spuria than that this is altogether a much bigger plant.’  [BM t.875/1805]. 

Introduced to Britain in 1757.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [B.236/1843].


Published Nov 02, 2009 - 04:29 PM | Last updated Jul 23, 2010 - 05:30 PM

Figured are a sword-shaped leaf and white yellow iris flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1131, 1813.

Iris spuria L. ssp. halophila (Pall.) B.Mathew & Wendelbo. | BM t.1131/1813 | BHL

Family Iridaceae
Region of origin

Europe and Asia

  • Iris gueldenstaedtiana Lepech.
  • Iris gyldenstaedtii Hoffmans.
  • Iris guldenstaedia J.F.Gmel. 
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Iris Guldenstadtii 

Confidence level high