The velvety purple petals – specifically called the falls – set off the white standards that top Iris ‘Fancy Notion.’ This tall bearded iris, which can grown to nearly 3 feet in height, has a bit of an orchid tinge to the standards that rest atop white shoulders and sport ivory beards. The beard simply describes the tuft of growth in the middle of the petal. The genus Iris consists of about 300 species known for their showy, colorful flowers, which relates to the name iris from the Greek for rainbow. A perennial herb, iris grow from rhizomes and have distinctive sword-shaped leaves.
Submitted by Joy Meyers
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