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Iris reticulata (netted iris or golden netted iris[2]) is a species of flowering plant in the family Iridaceae. It is native to Russia, the Caucasus, and northern Iran, but cultivated widely in temperate regions. The reticulata group of irises is characterised by a fibrous net surrounding the bulb. They are small plants to 15 centimetres (5.9 in), with tubular, sharply-pointed, ribbed leaves, and flowers of yellow, blue or purple with an orange blaze on the falls, appearing in early spring. They are hardy, but prefer a well-drained sunny position in soil which dries out in summer; they are therefore suitable for a rock or gravel garden.[3]

Iris reticulata
Iris reticulata.jpg
Scientific classification
I. reticulata
Binomial name
Iris reticulata
  • Iridodictyum hyrcanum (Woronow ex Grossh.) Rodion. [Invalid]
  • Iridodictyum reticulatum (M.Bieb.) Rodion.
  • Iris histrio var. atropurpurea (Dykes) Dykes
  • Iris hyrcana Woronow ex Grossh.
  • Iris reticulata var. atropurpurea Dykes
  • Iris reticulata var. cyanea Regel
  • Iris reticulata var. krelagei Regel
  • Iris reticulata var. reticulata (none known)
  • Neubeckia reticulata (M.Bieb.) Alef.
  • Xiphion krelagii (Regel) Klatt
  • Xiphion reticulatum (M.Bieb.) Klatt [1]

This plant [4] has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[5]


  1. ^ "Iris reticulata M.Bieb. is an accepted name". (The Plant List). 23 March 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  2. ^ Rudy J. Favretti and Joy P. Favretti Landscapes and Gardens for Historic Buildings: A Handbook for Reproducing and creating authentic landscape settings, p. 145, at Google Books
  3. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Iris reticulata". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  5. ^ Leeds, Rod (2001). Bulbs (RHS practical guides). United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 80. ISBN 075134723X.