';[ Iris Awards and Terminology
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CA/CDM Cook-Douglas AwardThe highest award given to a Standard Dwarf Bearded iris beginning in 1959. Changed to medal status in 1966.
CWM Caparne-Welch MedalThe highest award given to a Miniature Dwarf Bearded iris.
DM Dykes Medal The highest award any iris may achieve.
FSM Founders of SIGNA MedalThe highest award given for a species iris.
HJS Hans and Joseph Sass MedalThe highest award given for an Intermediate Bearded iris.
JCW John C. Wister MedalThe highest award given for a Tall Bearded iris.
KM Knowlton MedalThe highest award given for a Border Bearded iris.
MSD Mary Swords DeBallion award The highest award given for a Louisiana Iris from 1948 to 1985.
MSDM Mary Swords DeBallion MedalThe award was changed to medal status in 1986.
RPMRandolph-Perry MedalGiven annually to a species cross.
WW Williamson-White awardThe highest award given for a Miniature Tall Bearded iris.
AMAward of MeritThe next award that can be received after HM.
HM Honorable Mention First garden award for introduced varieties. Prerequisite for an AM.
A Australian Iris Society
B British Iris Society
F French Iris Society


E Early season bloom.
M Mid-season bloom.
L Late season bloom.
Rebloomer Registered or reported to be a repeat bloomer.
Beard The fuzzy "caterpillar" extending from the base of the falls.
Falls The lower three petals of the flower.
Ltd Q Only limited quantities of this plant are available.
Self Standards and falls same color.
Signal Colored blaze, patch, spot or line on falls in beard area or in place of beard.
Standards The upper three petals of the flower.
Style Arms Small flower segments covering the beard.
Substance The thickness of the petals.
Tetraploid Each cell has four sets of chromosomes resulting in larger flowers and a more vigorous plant.