Orris is a perfume base, a flavoring in gin, and pot pouri, and has been used in herbalism. Orris is an ancient tradition. Orris is used in North African cuisine in a blend of spices.
Grown in Chinati Italy. Source of illustration and video is sagrona.com
And this image from vintageprintable..com:
There are sources for Iris florentina, Iris dalmatica, and Iris germanica, in the US. Those the species used for orris root. I obtained starts of all 3 varieties last year. No ambitions to make orris, just like growing stuff.
Is orris from the iris family? They look so similar.
Iris psllida dalmatica is the fragrant iris that offers pleasant aromas as I walk through the iris garden. It has green and striped yellow leaves, distinctive from my other iris. It is so sweet, I can't bring it in the house or I, and others of my family, get all clogged up. I usually don't bring flowers into the house anyway, but especially this iris.
A very lovely story of simple processes that makes beauty and other products. I like the old gentleman.