Bearded iris grow from tan colored rhizomes and are available in assorted colors. Each flower stalk rises above sword shaped leaves and has three upright petals (standards) and three hanging sepals (falls) with a fuzzy middle line (beard).
Sunny beds and borders
Bearded iris prefer good drainage. To plant the rhizome dig a hole large enough for the rhizome. Mound a pile of soil in the middle of the hole, position the rhizome so the foliage is facing outward (or all fans facing the same direction), the top third of the rhizome is above the soil surface and the roots are below the soil surface. Deadhead individual flowers then cut flower stalk to the ground after blooming. Divide every three to four years.