Monday, April 07, 2008

The meanings of the Iris


















With striking uniqueness and beauty, irises have rich meanings, and when given as gifts, they can convey deep sentiments. With over 200 varieties in a wide spectrum of colors, the iris, which fittingly takes its name from the Greek word for "rainbow," can be found in virtually every part of the world, growing both naturally and in farms. While garden irises can come in any of these many varieties, the flower's cut versions are mostly blue (the most popular type), white, and yellow.

The iris's history is rich, dating back to Ancient Greek times when the Greek Goddess Iris, the messenger of the gods and the personification of the rainbow, acted as the link between heaven and earth. Purple irises were planted over the graves of women to summon the Goddess to guide the dead in their journey. Ancient Egyptian kings marveled in the iris’s exotic nature, and drawings have been found of the flower in a number of Egyptian palaces. During the Middle Ages, the meaning of irises became linked to the French monarchy, and the Fleur-de-lis eventually became the recognized national symbol of France. From their earliest years, irises were used to make perfume and as a medicinal remedy. Today, they are primarily seen in gardens, in bouquets, and in the wild all over the world.

Through its intricate history, the meanings of the iris has come to include faith, hope, and wisdom. Depending on factors such as color and region, irises may bear additional meanings as well. In some parts of the world, 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. The many meanings of the iris makes the flower a great choice for an array of gift giving occasions: corporate, sympathy, get well, thinking of you, and birthday are just some of the occasions for which irises might be the perfect choice.

Today, the iris is the state flower of Tennessee, and the Fleur-de-lis is the emblem for the city of New Orleans. Irises are cultivated all over the world, and they can be found naturally in Europe, the Middle East, northern Africa, Asia, and North America.

Read about Iris flowers here

18 comments:

Chrisss said...

Love your photos.

Carole said...

Wow Sue, i never realised iris came in such a variety of colours.

Beautiful capture Sue.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you so much Chrisss! Very nice to meet you here on my blog. :-)

Susanne49 said...

Thanks Carol, for this nice comment.

Zoli said...

All photos are beautiful. The last close-up shoot is cool!

Susanne49 said...

Hi Zoly,
thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment. :-)

Earl said...

A beautiful set of iris photos. I especially like the last two. Fantastic.

Susanne49 said...

I'm glad you like my Iris photos. Thanks for commenting, earl!

Sandpiper said...

Beautiful photos, as always, Sue. I enjoyed your commentary, too.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and for your nice comment, Sandpiper!

David said...

Beautiful pictures, and thanks for the information about their meaning too. Makes it more than just great pictures, but a great post! :)

CHeers,

David Webb: Pictures of Nature

Jenty said...

Wow, those photos are gorgeous!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

The colors are rich and impressive. Very nice Sue. =)

Susanne49 said...

That's a very nice compliment, David! Thank you so much.:-)

Susanne49 said...

Thank you Jenty. It's nice that you like my Iris pictures, you as a great flower photographer!

Susanne49 said...

Thank you Michele,

for stopping by and commenting to my post. I still can not see your pictures on your blog! :-(

Anna said...

Susanne, wow 200 varieties of shades - amazing. Great set of photos, and thanks for sharing this cool stuff about iris, never really pay attention that much before, and thanks to you now I know. Anna :)

Susanne49 said...

Thank you Anna, for commenting to my "200 varieties in shades" , a nice comment to my maybe too many pictures...? LOL...

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