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Flower Spotlight: Iris
Beautiful blue iris in bloom.

Flower Spotlight: Iris

Many people are familiar with the iris but don't know the rich history and symbolism behind the bloom.

The unique shape and soothing fragrance of this flower has been sought after for centuries.

Keep reading to learn more about this popular flower!

Purple Iris, Yellow Roses in Purple Vase

Origins and Symbolism

Iris’s are native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. Today there are more than 200 species around the world. The Egyptians would place iris on the end of their king’s scepters for decoration as a symbol of power and majesty.

Iris means “rainbow” in Greek since this flower blooms in almost every color. The iris symbolizes eloquence but each color of this bloom holds a unique meaning. A yellow iris symbolizes passion, blue symbolizes hope and faith, white symbolizes purity and purple stands for wisdom.

Yellow lilies, purple iris

To Consider

Every iris flower that blooms has six petals. Three petals stand up straight in the middle and three fall down to the outside. The root of the iris can actually be used to treat a cough and sore throat. Some essential oils from the plant have been used in making perfume and deodorants and in aromatherapy. The violet-like scent of the flower is highly valued and has been used for centuries. The iris has also been known to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Deep purple iris with pink roses and gerbera


The iris blooms in pink, white, blue, purple, yellow, lavender, orange and brown. There is no true red. The iris is the traditional flower to send for a 25th wedding anniversary. It has a vase life of about a week and is available year round.

Because of their distinctive shapes, irises are frequently used as form flowers in floral designs. Their height also makes them ideal for use as line flowers to help establish designs shapes and sizes.

Purple iris, yellow and pink roses

The iris is a great flower to show your love on an anniversary, send happy wishes for a birthday celebration, or simply just because. Call your local florist to send an arrangement with iris today!

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