Flower of the Month May: Blue Iris

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With striking uniqueness and beauty, irises have rich meanings, and when given as gifts, they can convey deep sentiments. With over 200 varieties in a wide spectrum of colors, the iris, which fittingly takes its name from the Greek word for “rainbow,” can be found in virtually every part of the world, growing both naturally and in farms. While garden irises can come in any of these many varieties, the flower’s cut version is mostly blue. The Blue Iris symbolizes Inspiration.

Some fun facts about Iris are:

  1. The iris is the state flower of Tennessee, and is also the February birth flower and the 25th wedding anniversary flower.
  2. Irises have three large outer petals called falls, and three inner upright petals called standards.
  3. The iris is represented in Greek mythology. Iris was the goddess of the rainbow and a messenger for Zeus and Hera, and many believe that the flower is named after her. She carried messages from heaven to earth on the arc of the rainbow, and was a companion to female souls on the way to heaven.
  4. Iris is both the common and scientific name for these impressive flowers.
  5. Iris are one of the only flowers that occurs naturally in blue.

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