The Bearded Iris is named for a fuzzy ridge that runs along each of 3 downward-facing petals, called falls. The 3 upward facing petals are called standards and may be a different colour than the falls. The Siberian Iris forms very handsome clumps of grass-like foliage with a host of blooms rising on elegantly thin stems. These beardless flowers are smaller than the Bearded Iris blooms. These images were taken at the Ornamental Gardens located at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa.
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