Siberian Iris by Pat Parkes

Many modern Siberian iris have broad standards and falls. Image © Pat Parkes

Modern garden Siberians are descended from two species, Iris sanguinea and Iris sibirica. Native to eastern Russia and Asia except–for a westward extension of Iris siberica into central and southern Europe–they usually grow in damp meadows and open woodland. In 1988, a third species, Iris typhifolia or cattail iris–named for its narrow, twisted cattail-like leaves–was added to this group (sub-series Sibiricae). … Read more