Tuesday, September 24, 2013
7 Fascinating Facts About The Iris
The Iris is a popular flower with Bloomex customers and itâ??s easy to see why. Versatile and beautiful, the Iris is generally hardy and able to grow in cooler climates. It also doesnâ??t require a large amount of cultivation, generally more able to survive and thrive without human intervention than many other delicate-looking flowers.
|The Classic Blue Iris Bouquet|
Theyâ??re found naturally in most parts of the world, and in fact can be found growing on every continent except for Australia. The flower has a rich history, from Ancient Greece, to Ancient Egypt, through colonial-era France and into modern times. Likely due to its toughness, the Iris has persisted as an exotic, gorgeous flowering plant that today makes for a well-admired flower as part of bouquets or a garden.
Here are some more interesting facts about the Iris.
- Irises are named for the Greek Goddess Iris, due to the many different colours that they come in; Iris is the Greek word for rainbow, and the Goddess was the personification of a rainbow.
- The Iris is a state flower of Tennessee, and the town of Greeneville in that state holds an annual Iris festival.
- The fleur-de-lis, an emblem of Quebec and Cajun culture is a stylized version of an Iris. The Iris is also the official flower of the province of Quebec. As well, a fleur-de-lis is the symbol of the New Orleans Saints NFL football team.
- Other stylized Irisâ?? used in symbolism include the flag of Brussels, Belgium, and the coat-of-arms for the Ukraine.
- The Yellow Iris is used in water purification systems, where the roots of the plant is planted in lava-
The provincial flag of Quebec
features stylized Irises.
- Irises are used in oils for modern aromatherapy, was commonly used in perfumes and medicine during ancient times, and are used as flavouring in some brands of modern Gins.
- The Iris species consists of upwards of 300 variations, divided generally into 6 subspecies for the sake of classification.
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