Iris pallida is commonly known as Dalmatian iris because it is native to Dalmatia, a province of Croatia. It is also native to the southern Alps. It is a rhizomatous bearded iris that features sword-shaped, gray-green leaves (to 24” long) and sweetly fragrant, pale lavender-blue flowers with yellow beards. Flowers (3-5” across) appear in late spring to early summer atop sparsely-branched scapes rising to 40” tall. Spathes are white and papery. The species is sometime cultivated as a source of orris (from the rhizomes), which is used in perfumes and breath fresheners. Also commonly known as sweet iris, orris or orris root. Subspecies variegata features gray-green leaves variegated with stripes of creamy yellow. It is synonymous with 'Variegata’ and ‘Aurea Variegata'.