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Iris Terminology

Amoena white standards, colored falls
Beards (B) bushy hairs on falls
Bicolor standards and falls are different colors
Bitone standards and falls are different shades of the same color
Blend combination or mixture of two or more colors
Broken Color splashed or streaked with another color (each blossom is different)
Dykes Medal (DM) highest award given to one iris annually
Falls (F) lower 3 flower petals
Historic Irises over 30 years old. Most dates are the year introduced into commerce. A few are registration dates.
Luminata light area under beard; rays on falls
Neglecta light blue standards, darker falls
Plicata speckled, stitched, or solid margin of color on lighter ground
Self an iris of one color
Space Age (SA) has horns, spoons, or flounces extending from the beard
Standards (S) upper 3 flower petals
Variegata yellow standards, dark colored falls

Bearded Iris Types

AB (Arilbred) is a hybrid between the exotic aril irises of the Near and Middle East and the bearded irises. Unusual color and form.
BB (Border Bearded) is a shorter version of the TB in the height range of 16" to 27 1/2". Usually bloom with the TBs.
IB (Intermediate Bearded) is from 16" to 27 1/2" tall and are usually crosses between SDBs and TBs. Bloom near the end of the SDB season and the beginning of the TB bloom.
MDB (Miniature Dwarf Bearded) has stalks less than 10" tall. Bloom very, very early in the season.
MTB (Miniature Tall Bearded) is from 16" to 25" tall, very refined and dainty. Also called table Iris.
SDB (Standard Dwarf Bearded) has stalks from 8" to 16". Bloom very early in the season.
TB (Tall Bearded) is the most common and most popular bearded iris. Minimum height over 27".

Bloom Season Codes

E - early ML - late mid-season
EM - early mid-season RE - may bloom in the Fall
L - late VE - very early
M - mid-season VL - very late



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