Patersonia glabrata R.Br.

Native Iris, Leafy Purple Flag

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Patersonia

Category: Perennial

Size: To 12" tall


Stiff grass-like leaves in a line on each side of the flower stem, growing from the flower stem, not the root. Purple to blue flowers with 3 sepals, 3 smaller petals and 3 yellow stamens, on stems to 12" long, spring.

From Bot. Reg. A perennial herbaceous plant... Belongs to the greenhouse; thrives in peat-earth, and requires a plentiful supply of water in the summer season.


Introduced from New South Wales, Austalia.

Published in Prodr. Fl. Nov. Holland. 304 in 1810.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 51 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. One of the latest acquisitions for our gardens; and not before recorded as being to be met with in them. Found by Mr. Brown in New South Wales, in the vicinity of Port Jackson; and first introduced by Messrs. Lee and Kennedy, who raised it, from imported seed, at their nursery in Hammersmith...

The present appellation has been assigned it by Mr. Brown, in his valuable work on the New Holland plants, in commemoration of his friend, Colonel Paterson, formerly Lieutenant-Governor of the colony of New South Wales; a gentleman whose name has been long familiar to the naturalist.

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