With winter weather still prevalent in many places around the globe, I thought it might be fun to bring a taste of spring to those of you who might be experiencing grey skies, snow, and freezing temperatures. Today, I thought we'd spend a little time taking a look at some fun facts about irises.
1. There are between 260 and 300 species of irises.
2. Irises take their name from the Greek word meaning rainbow. If you're into Greek mythology, you probably know that the Greek goddess of rainbows is named Iris.
3. Iris isn't just the common name for this species of plant, it is also its scientific name.
4. Most species of irises originated in temperate parts of Europe and Asia.
5. Although irises can be found in diverse ecologies, it is predominately found is dry, semi-desert. or colder rocky mountainous areas. Other habitats include grassy slopes, meadowlands, bogs, riverbanks and, of course, the shoreline of The Great Swamp.
6. Humans have been cultivating irises for thousands of years.
8. Irises come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and forms. The sword-like foliage is pretty even when the flowers are not in bloom.
9. Irises are perennial plants which means that they can survive more than two years in the wild.
10. Stems can reach in height from 8 to 38 inches (20 to 96 cm) depending on species.
11. Irises produce 3 to 10 sword-shaped leaves arranged in a clump or cluster.
12. Each stem can produce nine to twelve flowering buds and each flower lasts only about three days. Irises bloom in the spring and summer months and attract various insects needed for pollinating the flowers.
13. Irises symbolize eloquence. Purple iris is symbolic of wisdom and compliments. Blue iris symbolizes faith and hope. Yellow iris symbolizes passion while white iris symbolizes purity.
14. Giardino dell'Iris in Florence, Italy and the Presby Memorial Iris Garden in Montclair, New Jersey are the two largest gardens in the world dedicated to the cultivation of irises.
Happy Monday, everyone, and I hope this brief glimpse into spring has brightened your day, no matter what weather you may be experiencing. Please stop back by tomorrow for another "informative" blog on something or other. Until then, I wish you warmth, love, and