Syn.: Eremiris lactea (Pall.) Rodion.
Family: Iridaceae Juss.
Iris lactea
Distribution Asian species – from eastern Kazakhstan and Afghanistan through north India, west and north of China, Mongolia and Siberia to the South Korea and the Russian Primorye.
Ecology: It grows on grassy slopes and hillsides, at elevations of 600–3800 m asl. It blooms from April to June.
Iris lactea
Description: Perennial herb with a creeping rhizome. Leaves linear, 14–70 cm × 3–7 mm, entire, glaucous. Flowers 2–4, 5–7.5 cm in diameter, pale violet or partly milky white or yellow, spathes lanceolate, green, 4.5–10 × 0.8–1.6 cm, outer perianth segments oblanceolate, inner segments erect, narrowly oblanceolate. The capsules are narrowly cylindrical, 6.5–7.5 × 1–1.4 cm, 6-ribbed.
Use: The rhizomes of this species are used in traditional oriental medicine, the leaves are used as fodder for domestic animals and for making baskets and mats.
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These images were taken in Czechia, Bohemia, Průhonice, Chotobuz Botanical Garden (2. 6. 2012).