Iris L.

3 species naturalized Aust.; NSW, Vic., Tas., S.A., WA

Iris germanica L.

Perennial herb with rhizomes. Leaves linear, distichous, up to 80 cm long, up to 5 cm wide. Flowers in spikes; spathes scarious above. Perianth whorls dissimilar; outer segments large, deflexed, purple above, yellowish below, with bronze veins, or white; inner segments erect, almost equalling the outer ones, pale purple; perianth tube longer than the ovary. Stylar branches petaloid. Garden escape in waste ground around towns. Introd. from the Mediterranean. Fl. spring. Garden Flag