Standards – The 3 upper petals of the flower.
Falls – The 3 lower petals of the flower.
Beard – The fuzzy strip of hairs at the top of the falls.
Horns – An extension of the beard turned upwards like spikes or horns.
Flounces Appendages extending from beard like little petals.
Spoons – Appendages extending from beards like a spoon.
Rebloom (RE) – Iris that bloom again usually in the Fall.
Self – Standards and Falls are the same color.
Bicolor – Standards are a different color than the Falls.
Plicata – Dotted or stitched color pattern.
Hafts – The top part of the Falls near the center where it connects to the rest of the flower.
AM (Award of Merit) – an iris is eligible for an Award of Merit in it’s second year after winning an Honorable Mention.
Dykes Medal – the highest award an iris can receive; awarded to only 1 iris per year.
HM (Honorable Mention) – the first award an iris can win; it’s eligible in the 2nd year after it’s introduction.
Wister Medal – award for Tall Bearded Iris; only 3 per year.
E – Early season
VE – Very early
M – Mid season
EM – Early to mid
L – Late season
ML – Mid to Late