Bearded Iris, also knows as Iris Germanica or Flag Iris – well know for the beard down the center of the flower.
Very easy to grow in most gardens, they prefer warm sun on thier backs so plant them with the top of the rhizome on the surface of the soil, making a stunning display in pots on the patio or in a sunny position in the garden. Keep moist during hot days but take care that they do not become water logged, if drainage is a problem then plant in a raised mound to allow water to run off.
In very hot areas where shade is not avaliable just plant them about 2cm deep. Bearded Iris like their space so give them around 30cm between plants and water well after planting.
Bearded Iris also make a wonderful cut flower, cut them early in the morning when their buds are just opening and place direclty into water, if necessary re-trim stem again under water, keep them in a cool position away from direct sunlight and drafts.