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Glossary

Abbreviations

  • E – Early blooming iris
  • F – Falls
  • M – Mid season bloomer
  • L – Late season bloomer
  • Plic – Plicata
  • RE – Rebloomer
  • S – Standards
  • SA – Space Ager

Iris Classifications

  • MDB – Miniature Dwarf Bearded: up to 8" in height, very early bloom season
  • SDB – Standard Dwarf Bearded: 8 – 16", early season
  • IB – Intermediate Bearded: 16 – 27 1/2", mid season
  • MTB – Miniature Tall Bearded: 16 – 27 1/2", mid – late season
  • BB – Border Bearded: 16 – 27 1/2", late bloom season
  • TB – Tall Bearded: over 27 1/2", late bloom season

Descriptive Terms

  • Amoena – White standards, colored falls
  • Beard –Line of fuzzy hairs at the top of the falls
  • Bicolor – Light to medium standards, darker contrasting falls
  • Bitone – Two tones of the same color
  • Blend – Two or more colors blended together
  • Falls – 3 lower petals of iris flower
  • Flounces – Appendages extending from the tip of the beard like little petals
  • Hafts – Top part of falls (area surrounding beard)
  • Horns – Spears extending from the tip of the beards
  • Luminata – Wash of color in falls with paler veining; clear unmarked area on hafts; usually paler edge to petals
  • Neglecta – Blue standards, darker colored falls
  • Plicata – Stippled or stitched margin color on lighter ground color
  • Rebloomer – Iris that blooms in any other season in addition to its normal spring bloom time; also called remontant
  • Self – An iris of one color
  • Space ager – Iris with flounces, horns or spoons
  • Spoons – Spooned appendages extending from beard
  • Standards – 3 upper petals of iris flower
  • Style arms – Small stiff segments above the beards
  • Variegata – Yellow standards, reddish colored falls