The Iris Germanica or bearded iris originates, contrary to what its name suggests, from Southern Europe. This perennial is a real eye-catcher in any garden and comes into flower as soon as Tulips and Narcissi have left off late May and blooms throughout June.
Bearded iris (Iris germanica) gets its name from the 'beard' on the flower. They have a tuber-like rootstock and grow between 50 and 95 cm tall. The Bearded iris comes in many spectacular colours. A very interesting one is the 'Study in black'. Like its name, the flowers of this bearded iris are black, but the leaves are bright green. All bearded iris flower mainly in June and are real sun lovers. They prefer a dry south-facing spot, but can handle partial shade. Bearded Iris like a limy soil that stays reasonably dry even in winter.