Orris (Iris germanica florentina)
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Iris germanica florentina
The root is a source of Orris powder which has the scent of violets. It is obtained by grinding up the dried root[4, 7, 46]. It is much used as a fixative in perfumery and pot-pourri, as an ingredient of toothpastes, breath fresheners etc and as a food flavouring. The root can take several years of drying to fully develop its violet-like fragrance, when fresh it has an acrid flavour and almost no smell[4, 168]. An essential oil is obtained from the fresh root, this has the same uses as the root[57, 61].
The root has been burnt in open fires in order to sweeten the smell of a room.
The juice of the root is sometimes used as a cosmetic and also for the removal of freckles from the skin.
A black dye is obtained from the root.
A blue dye is obtained from the flowers.
The seeds are used as rosary beads.
Plants can be grown for ground cover, the dense mat of roots excluding all weeds.
Cultivation & Habitat
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