Ginopedia

Botanicals

Orris

Orris root is a term used for the roots Iris germanica and Iris pallida. Once important in western herbal medicine, it is now used mainly as a fixative and base note in perfumery, the most widely used fixative for potpourri. Orris is also an ingredient in many brands of gin.

Latin name:Iris Florentina
Origin:Italy, Morocco
Harvest time:July - August
How is it harvested:Root of the Iris flower. Takes 3-4 years to mature. Once dug by hand/small machine - the root is washed and dried for a number of years until extremely hard (stone-like). The root is then milled to a very fine powder.
Other uses:Perfumery

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