Leota's Iris Garden
Specializing in Tall Bearded Iris, grown in California
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Anatomy     A Hybridizer is a person or group of persons who developed a variety of  
     Iris through selective breeding to acquire specific qualities.

Anatomy of an Iris:
    This is just a basic over view of an Iris
      Standards- The 3 upper petals of the iris bloom. They stand erect
      Fall- The lower 3 petals of the iris bloom
      Beard- The fuzzy strip attached to the fall, looks much like a pipe cleaner
      Horns- An extension of the beard turned upward like spikes, and disconnected from the Falls
      Space-age Beard- Also known as "hooked", "flounces", "horns", or "spoons", these beards have a
      tendency to rise away from the fall.
Space age example       Flounces- Appendages extending from the tip of the beard, appear
      like little petals
      Spoons- Appendages extending from the tip of the beard like
      Rhizome- The base of the plant, from which the foliage and roots
      Rebloomer- An iris that blooms in any other season than the normal
      spring bloom, usually in the fall
      Self- Standards and Falls are the same color
      Bicolor- Standards are a different color from the Falls
      Bitone- Standards and Falls are a different shade of the same color. Falls are usually a darker  
Plicata example Striped example
Plicata- Stippled, dotted, or stitched margin colors on Falls of a lighter color
Streaked- visible streaks of color in the flower
Variegated Foliage- The foliage is striped with white and green

      Style Arms- The small stiff portion of the bloom extending over the beard
      Signal- A patch of contrasting color surrounding the beard, often white or yellow
      Hafts- The top part of the Falls near the center where the Falls connect to the stem
      Fragrance- Some flowers have a noticeable smell or fragrance, from slight to pronounced

Rhizome example

Bloom Seasons:
    Each geographic area has its own bloom season, but different flowers tend to bloom at different times during that season. While it would be impossible to say exactly what week a flower will bloom, you can get an idea of when it will bloom relative to the other flowers.

        E- Early Season
        VE- Very Early Season
        EM- Early to Midseason
        M- Midseason
        ML- Mid to Late Season
        L- Late Season

    This reflects the year that a particular variety was released to the public after being declared a new breed by the American Iris Society.

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