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The Iris is a beautiful flower that comes from a genus of around 260-300 different species. It is grown in a huge variety of colors, which may explain the Greek origin of its name that means “rainbow”. The Iris is grown in gardens as an ornamental plant, and it is widespread in the Mediterranean, and is mostly cultivated in France, Italy, Morocco and part of Central Europe. It’s a great flower to give to someone as a gift as its delicate beauty can touch the hardest of hearts. It’s a flower that truly shows a depth of friendship.
The Iris flower got its name after the Greek goddess Iris who was a messenger to the gods. Iris, according to myths and legends, was able to use the rainbow to create a bridge between earth and the heaven. Ancient Greek culture believed that Iris’s coat was actually a rainbow because it was multicolored and it resembled a rainbow. Hence the Iris flower has remained in the Greek culture ever-since and as a tribute of the beloved goddess they named the flower after her. Some even believed that this flower represented flowing veils of her coat and robe. Iris flowers had the power to bring bliss and favor to people living on it. In France, the Iris flower symbolizes royalty & power. The national symbol of France and Quebec is fleur-de-lis. In United States, the Iris flower is the birth flower of month of February and also a gift for the 25th wedding anniversary.
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