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A large plant family with many ornamental species important to horticulture, Iridaceae (the Iris Family) comprises approximately 92 genera and 1800 species. Species exist nearly worldwide and are rarest in tropical lowlands. The most Iridaceae-rich part of the world is South Africa. Nearly all family members are herbaceous perennials with a few rare annuals in the mix. These may be evergreen or deciduous and may arise from rhizomes, bulbs, or corms. A few species are shrub-like.
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