Fun Facts about the Iris Flower

  • According to The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language the word iris is Greek for rainbow.
    Middle English, iris (the plant), from Latin ris , rid-, rainbow, iris (the plant), from Greek, rainbow, brightly-colored gemstone, iris of the eye; see wei- in Indo-European roots

  • The iris was painted by Vincent Van Gogh.

  • The iris is a symbol of spring.

  • Like the fragrant freesia the iris is a member of the Iridaceae family.

  • The iris is a fragrant flower with the exception of the Stinky Iris which has an unpleasant odor when its leaves are rubbed together.

  • The fleur-de-lys (fleur-de-lyis, plural) is French for "lily flower", and is modeled after the humble iris.


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