There are many different species of irises, and they all have their own distinct look. These plants grow best when planted by themselves.
Most of the varieties grow best in soil that is well drained, and in spots where they have full sun for at least 6 hours a day.
Besides coming in different varieties, these flowers also come in many different colors. Below I will describe a few of the different kinds of irises.
The Confusa species has stems that look like bamboo and grow up to 30 flowers on each stem. They have white petals with yellow or purple spots on them. They need to be in moist soil with good drainage, and need to be watered weekly.
The Douglasiana is a very pretty flower to look at. It looks as if its petals open wide into a fan like shape. This species is also a perennial and comes in a variety of colors. They have dark leaves with a glossy tint to them.
The Bearded Iris must have this name because it does in fact look like it has a beard. Not a hairy beard, but a set of petals that turn downward underneath the first set of petals.