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A beautiful Iris I shot in Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners, WI-USA…there are so many types and colors of Irises. They are so beautiful!!! So many people miss the beauty in this world because of stress and drama consuming them!!! People need to stop and start looking at what is around them. Nature is a great stress reliever!!!
Iris is a genus of 260 species of flowering plants with showy flowers. It takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, referring to the wide variety of flower colors found among the many species. As well as being the scientific name, iris is also very widely used as a common name for all Iris species, though some plants called thus belong to other closely related genera. A common name for some species is ‘flags’, while the plants of the subgenus Scorpiris are widely known as ‘junos’, particularly in horticulture. It is a popular garden flower.
The genera Belamcanda (blackberry lily), Hermodactylus (snake’s head iris), Neomarica (walking iris) and Pardanthopsis are sometimes included in Iris.
The genus is widely distributed throughout the north temperate zone. Their habitats are considerably varied, ranging from cold and montane regions to the grassy slopes, meadowlands and riverbanks ofEurope, the Middle East and northern Africa, Asia and across North America.
Irises are perennial herbs, growing from creeping rhizomes (rhizomatous irises), or, in drier climates, from bulbs (bulbous irises). They have long, erect flowering stems, which may be simple or branched, solid or hollow, and flattened or have a circular cross-section. The rhizomatous species usually have 3–10 basal, sword-shaped leaves growing in dense clumps. The bulbous species have cylindrical, basal leaves.