Species iris opens up a whole new world to your garden and to the iris. These can be bearded, as well as beardless
Gardeners can grow a well rounded range of species irises, both bearded and beardless. Some of the more commonly grown species include:
Iris aphylla: cute, hardy growing in zones 3 to 9, well-branched median iris, with flowers usually in some shade of violet or purple
Iris pallida and its subspecies: often found in landscape plantings as it is known for its variegated foliage, bloom shades of clear blue and violet.
Iris pumila: a very tiny, early dwarf species, with flowers in shades of white, yellow and violet. This is one of the species from which modern MDBs were developed.
Iris cristata: Un-demanding small iris that grows well in lightly shaded woodsy soil that is gritty and well drained. Small flowered iris, 3 to 5 inches in height, with flowers in white and shades of blue and violet that have yellow or white crests on the falls. It blooms early in the spring.
Iris graminea; Sold as "the plum-tart iris", a small, very fragrant iris with reddish-violet to purple flowers that bloom within grassy foliage
Iris setosa: Known as the "arctic flag" because of its native range in the Yukon and Alaska, stalks range from 6 to 35 inches, with flowers in shades of blue, violet, purple, and occasionally orchid pink or white.
Iris versicolor; Known as "northern blue flag", a New England native that prefers moist conditions. On stems from 18 to 30 inches tall, the flowers range from white through various shades of blue and red-violet.
Berlin Tiger (Iris Pseudacorus X) Non invasive: A tall vigorous iris reaching up to 3 feet. Loves damp and even wet soils but can tolerate short periods of drought
Iris histriodes, danfordiae’s, and reticulates; Bulbous iris that are usually sold in early spring in pots. Blooms with crocus.
Dutch iris: Bulbous iris that is one of the most popular cut flowers by florist