My neighbor introduced me to Arilbred iris. These originated in the middle east - Afghanistan, Turkey, etc. The native species there have been crossed with bearded iris originating from Europe to achieve these hardy iris with interesting form and color. This is my first year trying them out and they seem very happy in my garden. They like hot dry summers when they go dormant. The one above is called ".Chocolate Mint". The one below is called "Genetic Artist"