Are you searching for the perfect flower and getting ready for your next planned event or wedding? Sometimes there is no right or wrong flower but a matter preference as to what fits your needs or what fits your personality. The 101 series is a series of articles helping to educate everyone with the contrasts of various flowers. You may want to read the others in this series as well as many other helpful articles.
There are five things to keep in mind with Iris:
- Iris are exotic flowers, with intensely colored blossoms of unusual shape. The flower is made up of three inner petals arching up and three outer petals falling down. The three most common varieties are the florist iris known as Dutch iris. The more graceful Siberian iris and the large, showy variety known as the bearded iris. The bearded iris has a fuzzy, brightly colored strip along the fallen lower petals known as the beard. This little beard attracts bees to the flower for pollination.
- Iris reticulata is a miniature variety that only reaches some four to six inches in height. This variety can also be forced to bloom inside in the winter months.
- Iris should always be cut or purchased when in the total bud stage. The flowers open quickly and last only a few days. The bud should be of good size and color and feel firm to the touch. If the tip is discolored or dry, the flower will not open.
- Aged iris is fully open, and their tips may have started to dry and discolor.
- Iris blossoms are beautiful arranged in their natural state, but also do well combined with other flowers as an accent of vibrant color and texture. Their unique shape and form allows proper spacing for other flowers to be added in and around them to form an arrangement.
Here are some other facts about Iris:
Names: Iris, Fleur-de-Lis.
Varieties: The common Dutch iris, the large flowered bearded variety, and the Siberian iris.
Colors: Most shades and combinations. The inner part of the flower and the outer petals are sometimes accented with different colors and combinations than the predominant color of the flower. The Dutch variety is most common in dark blue and purple accented with yellow.
Scent: Only a few varieties have a sweet scent; the common iris has no scent.
Freshness: Purchase or cut in bud stage. Iris open quickly and the flowers do not last long.
Vase Life: 3 to 5 days.
Availability: The predominant season is late spring and early summer, but the Dutch variety is available as a cut flower all year.
Cost: Inexpensive to moderately priced.
Meaning: “I have a message for you.”
Arranging Tip: Iris flowers, with their unique shape and form, can be useful in arrangements by accenting flowers. The shape allows other flowers to rest next to the iris blossoms.
Growing Tip: Iris multiply rapidly and each their flowering peak about the third year after planting, so they must be divided every few years to continue flowering. The foliage will not discolor or fade after the flowers have bloomed. The tall, sword like blades will stay green and are an attractive accent in the garden.
Here are some varieties we have available:
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