NZ Iris Society



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Pogon Iris - Bearded

Disco Eclipse
(T Johnson 2003)
TB - Tall Bearded Iris
Irwell Destiny
(R Busch)
TB - Tall Bearded Iris
Esther the Queen
(E Hunt 1968)
AB - ArilBred Iris

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 or so, in a wide range of colours and sizes. Heights range from 20 cms (and under) for the miniature Dwarf through to the tall bearded irises, some of which are over 71 cms 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 autumn.