Reticulata irises are a popular group of small, early flowering iris species with short flower stems followed by long leaves that grow in dry areas of central Europe and central Asia.
Growing from bulbs, the group contains 10 species, including Iris histrio and Iris danfordiae, which usually only flowers well once before fading away. Amongst those 10 reticulata irises is Iris reticulata, too. Though these species are all slightly different, they all need the same growing conditions and we can treat them as different varieties of the same thing. Reticulate means ‘netted ’ and refers to the pattern on the bulbs’ dry skin.