The iris is a group of plants known for their beautiful blooms and their adaptability to an astonishing variety of growing conditions.
In ancient times the iris was a symbol of power and majesty used as the original scepter.
The rhizomes, resembling ginger, are dug up in August, stripped of their rootlets and bark, and then dried until they have a chalky appearance.
Dried orris root smells like violets. It is used primarily as a fixative in perfumes to enhance other aromas.
Powdered orris root lends a pleasant scent to freshly laundered linens and to potpourri.