Flower Fridays: The Iris

I never really thought about irises until this year, when I received two bouquets that combined irises with another type of flower (see picture to the left). Now that I have done some research, I think that they are extremely underated. And so without further ado (and with a little bit of help from here), five fun facts about irises:

1. Irises can be found on most of the continents and in a wide range of colors.
2. The origin of the word "iris" is the Greek word for "rainbow."
3. The white iris is the inspiration for the fleur-de-lis, the symbol of France.
4. Just as the iris can be found in many colors, it also symbolizes a wide range of sentiments.
5. Irises are extremely hearty and require very little attention from the gardner.

Basically, the iris is extremely versatile. Because of its good looks and rich history it can stand on alone. However, it is simple and low-maintenance enough to be the perfect filler. - LG


MC said...

I love white irises, they are so simple, but you rarely see them.

Farrell & Lauren said...

I really had never considered irises, and for some reason I never made the connection between them and the fleur-de-lis. I will have to seek out the white ones.- LG