Noble rainbow…

Blood Iris Bud copyright 2012 Pamela Breitberg

Iris is the Greek word for rainbow, which is fitting because Iris comes in many different colors. The iris in these images is the Blood Iris (Iris sanguinea). This Japanese Iris derives it’s name from “blue blood” referring to the noble or aristocrats, including those having performed heroic deeds.

  • In Greek legends and mythology, the goddess ‘Iris’ was the messenger who traveled on the rainbow between the lands of Human beings and the Gods. The flower of iris implies a message and a promise of hope. The meaning of this flower is often associated with valor and wisdom. ”

This Iris is prolific, thriving in moist soil. It is also easily uprooted and reestablishes itself quickly as it’s rhizomes can re-root easily even when simply thrown on top of a pile of loose soil.

Iris closeup copyright 2012 Pamela Breitberg