E Early season Bloom
EM Early-Mid Season Bloom
M - Mid Season Bloom
ML Mid-Late Season Bloom
L - Late Season Bloom
TB Tall Bearded
Stalks over 27 with branching and many buds. It is the most popular
of the bearded iris varieties and easily the most spectacular.
IB - Intermediate Bearded
Range from 16 to 28 with their bloom season overlapping the SDB
and the TB.
BB - Boarder Bearded
Smaller versions of the TB with the same height range as the IBs but
bloom with the TBs.
SDB - Standard Dwarf Bearded
Range from 8 to 15 and bloom quite early in the season shortly
after the daffodils and tulips.
MDB Miniature Dwarf Bearded
Up to 10 in height and the earliest to bloom.
SA Space age
These are iris with something extra beard appendages called horns,
spoons or flounces.
His - Historic
Iris that are 30 years or older.
RE - Rebloomer
Iris that are known to bloom a second time; once early in the season,
and again later in the season. Reblooming is not guaranteed: weather
and culture are key factors in reblooming.
Amoena: white or tinted white standards, colored falls.
B: Beards elongated groups of fuzzy hairs at the top of the falls.
Bicolor: light or medium standards and deeper contrasting falls.
Bitone: two tones of the same color.
Blend: combination of two or more colors one is always yellow.
Broken: Color: random splashes of color.
F: Falls the three down turned petals.
Flounces: wide, folded, often canoe or fan shaped appendages extending
from the tips of the beards.
For: Foreign import.
Ground Color: usually mentioned with plicatas - base color under dots or
Hafts: top of the falls on each side of the beards.
Horns: a protrusion or extension of the beards. Often ending in a point.
The beards may or may not be covered with hairs.
Lace: edges of petals are serrated.
Luminata: style arms and hafts of white or yellow; veining on the falls.
Midrib: stiffened rib on the standards.
PBF: Purple based foliage.
Plicata: petals rimmed, speckled or stitched in color on a lighter ground.
Reverse Amoena: colored standards and lighter sometimes white falls.
Reverse bitone: standards are darker shade of fall color.
Rim: thin edge of color around petals.
S: Standards the three upturned petals that surrounds the style arms.
Self: Standards and falls are the same color.
Shoulders: the areas on the arching upper middle part of the falls on each
side beyond the haft area.
Signal: an area or patch of contrasting color below the beard.
Spoons: appendages extending from the tip of the beards that widen into
spoon shaped petaloids.
Style Arms: the crested structures inside the three standards.
Substance: thickness of petals.
Texture: sheen or finish of the petals.
Variegata: yellow or near yellow standards with deeper falls may be
either varied or solid tones of brown or purple.
Zonal: a white or light area around the beards in the middle of the falls.
American Iris Society Awards:
HC High Commendation.
HM Honorable Mention.
AM Award of Merit only 12 Tall Bearded receive this each year.
DM Dykes Medal thie highest award any iris can win. Only one each
year can win this award.