Dwarf Crested Iris here are found in the Greenbrier area of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. So often we get in to big a rush, to get where we are going, to really take in the small beauties of the forest floor.
Native Americans found many uses for the roots of
Iris cristata. They chewed the roots to alleviate thirst. An
ointment was made from the roots and applied to cancerous
ulcers. A tea from the roots was used in the treatment of hepatitis.
Cherokees made a compound decoction of pulverized root and
used it as a salve for ulcers. Also they used it for yellow urine and kidneys.

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  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 4 years ago

    A nice collection well worth stopping for.

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    NatureGreeting...over 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Gary, love the colors of these, ours here in Arkansas are a very light blue! Sure would love to have some this color in my forest yard!! Vwey nice!

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture, what a beautiful bloom

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaverover 4 years ago

    Wonderfful shot and great info on this treasure of the forest!

  • Phillip M. Burrow
    Phillip M. Burrowover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot Gary, such rich color!

  • Chuck Wickham
    Chuck Wickhamover 4 years ago

    One of my favorite flowers, wish they stayed around a little longer. Good find Gary.

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenabout 4 years ago

    The colors are excellent, very beautiful image Gary!

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago


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