Deep loamy clay soil suits this bulbous Iris presently in flower in the alpine house. With the proviso that when watering none should fall on the foliage.
Collected last year within the Hazrati-Sho range in Tajikistan where it grew at 2015m with Allium, Eremurus, Rosa as associated flora in lush vegetation
A variable species in flower colour, Iris nicolai has a large flower; purple, white, yellow and splashes of deep red velvet on the falls. Quite exquisite with the early sun striking the colours through the alpine house glass.
This is Iris popovii (Vved.) Vved.)