Fun Flower Facts: The Elegant Iris


  • The Iris symbolizes eloquence.
  • Purple irises =  wisdom and compliments; Blue =  faith and hope. Yellow = passion;   white =  purity.
  • Birth Month: February
  • Beautiful dark purple iris flowerFrom ancient times, the stately Iris stood as a symbol of power and majesty. This flower was dedicated to Juno.
  • Interestingly, it is thought that it was the origin of the scepter. The Egyptians placed it on the brow of the Sphinx and on the scepter of their kings, the three leaves of its blossoms typifying faith, wisdom and courage.
  • The Iris was named after the Goddess of the rainbow because of its many colors.  One of the duties of the Greek Goddess Iris was that of leading the souls of dead women to the Elysian Fields. In token of that faith the Greeks planted purple Iris on the graves of women.
  • Commonly known as fleur-de-lis or flag, the Iris genus comprises around 200 species, the most prevalent commercially grown of which is I. hollandica, or the Dutch hybrids. These are grown from bulbs and originate from southern Europe and the Mediterranean.
  • Irises are members of the Iridaceae family, which also includes Crocuses, Freesias and Gladioli.
  • The Iris bloom has three petals called “The standards”, these are upright.  And three outer petal-like sepals called “the falls” because they droop down and away from the rest of the flower.
  • Irises have a vase life of about a week. Dutch irises are available year-round and are available in a range of colors, including shades of blues, purples, yellows and whites.
  • When you purchase cut Irises, place them into a solution specially formulated for bulb flowers. Such solutions contain “replacement” hormones and have a lower concentration of sugar, which helps prevent leaf yellowing. Most experts suggest using cold solutions, to reduce the chance that flowers will “blow open”.
  • Iris rhizomes, the orris root are harvested in the late summer for use in perfumes and traditional herbal medicine

About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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