BB - Border Bearded
- stems ranging from 16 to 18 inches in height. These irises average the same
height as the Intermediate Bearded, but bloom with the Tall Bearded Irises.
IB - Intermediate Bearded - stems ranging from 16 to 28 inches in height. These
irises are similiar to the Border Bearded in height, but bloom earlier in the
season, usually with the daffodils and tulips.
MDB - Miniature Dwarf Bearded - stems ranging up to 8 inches in height. These
irises are the earliest to bloom and have the smallest blooms.
MTB - Miniature Tall Bearded - stems ranging from 16 to 27 inches in height.
These irises bloom with the Tall Bearded Iris.
SDB - Standard Dwarf Bearded - stems ranging from 8 to 16 inches in height.
These irises bloom right after the Miniature Dwarf Bearded irises and the
daffodils and tulips.
TB - Tall Bearded - stems ranging from 27 to 40 inches in height. By far the
most popular of all of the bearded iris.
Bloom time for irises is from late March until
June and longer for rebloomers which can rebloom into October depending on your
Beards - These are the fuzzy hairs (look like
fuzzy caterpillars) on the upper part of the three lower petals, known as the
Falls - These are the three lower and outward curving petals of the iris.
Flounces - These are canoe or fan shaped appendages that extend out of the end
of the beards.
Horns - These are an extension from the beards that point upward.
Lace - A wavy or frilly edge on the petals.
Rebloomers - These are irises that bloom more than once in a season. Usually
this type of iris will bloom early in the spring and then again later in the
Rhizome - This is the thick root/bulb that produces the leaves and
Ruffles - A wavy or rippling effect over the entire petal.
Self - When the standards and falls are the same color.
Signal - This is an area, patch or pattern of a different color on the top part
of the falls, below the beards.
Spoons - These are spoon shaped appendages that extend out of the end of the
Standards - These are the three petals at the top of the iris that are turned
inward and surround the style arms.
Style Arms - These are the three small petals inside of the three standard
Season - Extra Early (EE); Early (E); Early Midseason (EM); Midseason (M); Late
Midseason (ML); Late (L); Very Late (VL)
Foliage Habit - Semi-evergreen (SEV); Evergreen (EV); Dormant (DOR)