She was the ancient Greek goddess of the Rainbow, and is now this large genus of beautiful flowers in a range of sizes and a rainbow of colors. Growing from bulbs or fleshy rhizomes, irises of all sizes are superb for cutting and borders.
For all iris, “standards” are the three smaller erect petals; “falls” are the three larger pendent, reflexed or spreading petals. The “crest,” “blotch” or “signal” is the blaze of contrasting color on the fall; bearded iris have soft hairs protruding upward from the crest.
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