|Bearded Irises have thick surface rhizomes, giving rise to fans of sword-shaped, usually broad green leaves, and simple or branched flower stems. Most bear multiple flowers per stem. The flowers have well-developed standards and falls, with a prominent "beard" of white or colored hairs in the center of each fall petal. Avoid high nitrogen fertilizer. Keep mulches away from leaves and rhizomes.
Taller cultivars may require staking. Water moderately during growth periods; keep dry while dormant. Miniature tall bearded irises are 16 to 27 inches tall, with slender stems, producing flowers with a combined height and width no more than 6 inches across, in mid to late season. 'Desert Rose' has white flowers with yellow markings.