General Iris Information
The genus Iris belongs to the Iridiceae family, named for Iris, the rainbow messenger of the Greek goddess Hera.
It is a large genus containing, among several sub-genera, bearded or pogon iris, the most popular and most frequently grown iris. Thousands of named varieties have been developed over the last 100 years in a wide range of colors and sizes. Heights range from 6 to 10 inch miniatures and dwarfs to the tall bearded irises, some of which are over 40 inches tall. Although most bloom in early to mid-spring, many re-blooming iris have been introduced. These bloom a second time in summer or early fall. There is increasing interest in dwarf bearded iris and beardless or apogon iris. These include iris that grow in bog gardens and ponds. Ask your local nursery or plant store to show you the varieties available.