|Iris photo Carol King|
Iris is the name of the Goddess of the Rainbow in Greek mythology, and because of the great elegance of the iris bloom, it has been the symbol of monarchs and royal families throughout history. From King Minos' palace on the Greek Island of Crete in 2100 BC. to the symbol of power and position of the Bourbon Kings of France, including Louis XIV; the iris was adapted on royal banners as the “Fleur de Lys”. It still proudly adorns the beautiful flag of the French-founded Province of Quebec in Canada. Great Britain also uses the motif. Edward III added the iris to his royal coat of arms during the 14th Century.
Irises also have a medicinal history, the roots having been used in preparation for medicines for skin infections, syphillis, dropsy and stomach problems. Today, it is still a staple in herbal medicines.
|"Beard" on Iris photo by Carol King|
Here are some helpful links to assist you in developing and caring for your very own Iris bed.
And this video from CSU and Tagawa Gardens will show you the best practices for dividing them (which can happen as soon as they quit blooming!
Other Iris information sources:
|Photo Carol King|