Bukhara iris (Iris bucharica) belongs to the Iridaceae (the Iris family). It is a perennial herb that is native to Central Asia, and distributed in north-eastern Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan around Bukhara. This herb grows on pebble beds and gravel slopes of the lower mountain zone, and up to 20-40 cm in height. The leaves are lanceolate, glossy green above and blue-green below. Up to 7 flowers bloom in order from the top of the stem, going downwards in March or April. The inner-tepals are white or creamy white with yellow outer-tepals. The outer-tepals sometimes have brown markings and a deep yellow crest. The common name is named after the city of 'Bukhara' in Uzbekistan, Russia.