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Iridaceae Gallery - wildflowers of the Iris family

The Iris family of plants, Iridaceae, is a huge group of some 2000 species worldwide; these are spread across more than 60 genera. The flowers are often mixtures of yellow, white, brown or blue and have three sepals, three petals and three stamens (unlike lilies, which have six stamens). The plants are perennial and grow from bulbs. These thumbnail pictures have links to larger photographs and information about each of the species, their habitat needs and an identification guide.

We have used the scientific names to identify species in this table, but if you prefer to use common names we have also listed all species covered on the First Nature website in alphabetical order of Common Names...

There is also the option to see all species listed in order of Scientific Names or Botanical Families or Dominant Colour.

Introduction to wild flower families...