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Featured Conservation Plants: October 2013

October 2013:
Iris variegata var.reginae f. davidovii



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Iris variegata var.reginae f. davidovii generally known as Iris davidowii is no longer in the HPS Conservation Scheme but the reasons for its withdrawal are a bit of a mystery. We will be hoping to re-introduce it to the conservation scheme in 2013 as it is a very attractive plant and there do not appear to be any nurseries supplying it.

This Iris was introduced to the conservation list by Penny and Roger Gray of the Beds and Cambs group. It is a species bearded iris about 35-40cms tall. The flowers are white, heavily marked with violet veins. It came originally from a plant sale at Boughton Dower House Northamptonshire when Sir David Scott and Valerie Finnis lived there. This was probably 30 years ago and it is still going strong. I have grown it in 2 gardens in a well-drained sunny spot at the front of the border and have found it needs to be divided regularly to keep it flourishing. It’s always admired when in flower. The image of this iris was taken while it was in flower at the end of May 2008.


The Conservation scheme involves HPS members in growing these plants and documenting the best way to grow and propagate them. The plants are distributed across the country with many local groups and individual growers being involved.

The scheme is open to all HPS members. More information about the scheme can be found here.

Since the present scheme started in 1998, we have been successful in conserving over 30 plant varieties that are, in our opinion, all worthy of being grown in British gardens. However, there are still a large number of potentially garden worthy plants in need of conservation.

If you are a interested in making this (or any other of our conservation plants) available on a commercial basis, please contact the National Coordinator.


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