Iris japonica

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This plant was grown on campus 200 years ago when the it was owned by Marquis of Blandford. His wife was an accomplished botanical painter and there are about 80 prints including one of this plant at Blenheim palace. They moved to Blenheim when he became Duke of Malborough in 1817. Most are rare and very tender; it would be nice to collect them all again and wheel them out occasionally.

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