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All about historic Iris flowers!

All about historic Iris flowers!

Iris flowers have rich meanings with outstanding uniqueness and beauty. Iris flowers are a genus of about 260–300, species of flowering plants with showy flowers. The name of iris comes from the Greek word which means rainbow.


This family shows a wide spectrum of colors and so the name Iris came from the Greek word for a rainbow, which is also the name of the Greek goddess of the rainbow. Here, the rainbow is a link between heaven and earth, which she uses to travel back and forth.

Iris flowers have meanings, that include faith, hope, and wisdom. Depending on factors such as color and region, irises may bear additional meanings as well. The dark blue or purple iris can denote royalty, whereas the yellow iris can be a symbol of passion. Irises may also express courage and admiration.

An ancient belief is that the iris serves as a messenger of Olympus and other gods also acted as the link between heaven and earth. It also conveys images of lost love and silent grief, for young girls who were led into the afterlife by Iris.

Since the role of the goddess extended to heaven, and she was also a communicator, Greeks have this tradition of planting iris flowers on the graves of your loved ones to help their loved ones transcend to the afterlife.

Ancient Egyptian kings marveled in the iris’s exotic nature, and drawings have been found of the flower in a number of Egyptian palaces. Iris soon became very popular and was regarded by Egyptians to symbolize both the essence and renewal of life.

The meaning of irises became linked to the French monarchy, and the Fleur-de-lis eventually became the recognized national symbol of France. Furthermore, the fleur-de-lis is the almost-universal symbol of Scouting.

Tradition says that the particular Iris symbolizing Tennessee state is a purple cultivar, to go alongside the wild-growing Purple Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata), which is the state’s other floral emblem. Annual Iris Festival is celebrated in Greeneville, Tennessee.

Get your pack of exotic Iris flowering bulbs today to create a mesmerizing flower garden at home. Happy planting!

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