The term “novelty iris describes iris that are divergent in pattern, form or habit from the mainstream of iris development.” (Ben Hager)
Iris Category: Species
Horticulturally speaking, there are roughly 1500 naturally occurring iris species. They can be bearded, beardless, or crested. Irises have been popular in gardens for centuries. Bearded irises, Siberian irises, Japanese irises, Pacific Coast irises, Spuria irises, and Louisiana irises are among the most popular.
Historically speaking, a species iris is a plant that has been cultivated for thousands of years. Practically speaking, it is a plant you should grow! Unless you’re living in Antarctica chances are excellent there are irises suitable for growing in your garden.