Irises are bulbous perennials that grow quite well in northern temperate zones. All irises have 6 petals, typically 3 upright and 3 downward-curving. There are 4 primary categories: bog irises, which grow well in sunny, damp areas near ponds; bearded irises (my favorite!); rockery irises, which prefer moist, well-drained soil; and woodland irises, which require more shade.
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