Friday, April 16, 2010

Plant of the Week

Blueflag iris
Iris virginica L.
other common names: wild iris, fleur-de-lis, blueflag, southern blueflag
Iris: from Greek, meaning “rainbow,” probably because of the multitude of flower colors in this genus. Iris was the name of the rainbow goddess of Greek mythology.
Virginica: meaning “of Virginia.”
Iris family: Iridaceae

Photograph by Thomas Rosburg, Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie: The Upper Midwest, Second Edition

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