The dried, 1/8-inch cut pieces of one of two species of European iris, with a characteristic violet aroma.
The root is stripped (peeled) of its brown outer bark and rootlets.
Orris is used for a multitude of reasons - as a flavor agent in gins, as a fixative in potpourri, and a base note in perfumes.
Also known as Purple Flag, Fleur-de-lis, Bearded Iris, and Garden Iris.
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Medicinal herbs serve many different purposes. Orris Root, or Iris x germanica, has been commonly used for perfumes, potpourris and sachets because of its unique violet-like fragrance.
Dried Orris Root is a staple of potpourri mixes due to its color and violet scent.