Iris cycloglossa is from the Iridaceae family of plants. cycloglossa in greek refers to tongues arranged in a circle. It is also known as the Afghani Iris. As the common name suggests it is native to Afghanistan. Iris cycloglossa can grow to 50cm or 20in tall. It flowers in Spring with blue flowers. It was first referred to by Per Erland Berg Wendelbo (1927-1981) a Norwegian botanist. in ‘Biologiske Skrifter‘ in 1959.
Iris cycloglossa grows from a small ovate bulb. The bulb is almost black in color. It has fragile tuberous roots. It usually flowers in late spring or early summer. It has blue flowers with a raised yellow ridge. The flower is fragrant. There are usually a few flowers to each stem. The leaves are sword-shaped, green, and upright.
Plant it in moist but well-drained soil. Grow it in the sun. In its native habitat, it grows in grassy locations.