Orris, aka Iris germanica, is a rhizomatous member of the iris family with showy, dark purple flowers and sword-like leaves. The genus Iris is aptly named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow for its beauty and range of vivid colors. Orris Root has a pleasant scent that is reminiscent of violets and has a long history of use in perfumery. Typical preparations of Orris Root include herbal sachets and potpourris. Additionally, orris root can be tinctured or used to flavor syrups.