IRIS Color Patterns

SELF ~ The standards (upper petals) and the falls (lower petals) of the iris are the same color. A true self also has beards of the same color. (Example: TB Iris Blueberry Bliss)

PLICATA ~ A color pattern where a light background color is stippled, dotted or stitched with a darker color. (Example: TB Iris Chili Spots)

BITONE ~ Flowers have standards and falls of different amounts of the same color. Ordinarily the falls are darker than the standards. When the standards are darker, it is called a “reverse bitone.” (Example: TB Iris Forge Fire)

BICOLOR ~ Standards and falls are of a different color, with the falls being usually darker than the standards. (Example: TB Iris Coloradoan)

BLEND ~ A color pattern where a combination or mixture of two or more colors are present in the same part of the flower. (Example: TB Iris Chasing Rainbows)

AMOENA ~ Standards are white and falls are a different color. A “reverse amoena” has white falls and standards of a different color. (Example: Historic TB Iris Alizes)

VARIEGATA ~ A bicolor with yellow standards and darker, usually red, falls. (Example: TB Iris Fanfaron)

NEGLECTA ~ A blue or violet bicolor with darker color falls. (Example: TB Iris Tempting Fate)


LUMINATA ~ The falls have a brushed pattern, with paler veins and a clear, unmarked area (spot) around the beards. (Example: BB Iris Sheer Excitement)