April is National Garden Month! These delicate blooms were documented in the gardens of Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace in 1797 by Nikolaus Joseph Freiherr von Jacquin, a Dutch-born botanist and chemist who traveled the world collecting plants.

The flowers pictured here were at the time identified as Ixia maculata, a member of the iris family, commonly known as the “Spotted African Cornlily”. They are in Plantarum rariorum horti caesarei Schoenbrunnensis…[Descriptions and pictures of rare plants in the gardens of Schönbrunn castle] (1797-1804) by Nikolaus Joseph Freiherr von Jacquin, from our Cullman Rare Book Library.