Bearded Iris

They are thick-rhizomed plants with leaves in a fan-like arrangement. The flowering stems may be branched. The falls and standards are generally prominent and large with a distinct beard of long hair. In contrast with the other sections of this subgenus the seeds do not have a fleshy appendage (aril). Leaves blue-green to grey-green, straight, tapered at tip. Stems 70-120 cm tall, 1-3 branched. Spathes 3.5-5.5 cm, green with transparent papery tip. Flowers 2-7, 9-18 cm wide, any colour combination except pure red or green, often cinnamon-scented. Perianth segments 9-12 cm long, falls with a prominent beard. Mid to late spring.

These are members of the section Iris of the subgenus Iris.

Service (1988).

Source: Cooke, D. (2005). Iridaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Iridaceae
genus        Iris L.