The Bearded Iris or German Iris is an impressive plant with beautiful artistic flowers. Showy and fragrant, Bearded Iris flowers will keep you entranced by both their scent and the intricate design and elaborate colour scheme they put on show. The Bearded Iris is a perennial that likes to grow and flower in full sun or partial shade, it opens its showy blooms in May and June. The German Iris plant grows to about a metre in height (3ft 3in) if the bare roots are planted in sandy or loamy soil that’s well-drained. The Bearded Iris root is claimed to have medicinal properties as well as other uses but the leaves can cause gastric problems if ingested and the plants themselves can cause skin irritations for some people.