The Iris is not only a strikingly unique flower, but it also comes in a variety of shapes, colors and forms. Over 250 species to be exact.
A magnificently beautiful perennial, this bloom has a rich history and made it’s first real mark during Ancient Greece. Taking its name from the Greek word for Rainbow; The Iris also shares it’s name with the Greek Goddess of The Rainbow/ The Messenger of the Olympian Gods.
Here are some of our favorite facts about this distinctly original bloom:
• The Iris is the reason Magellan Gin is blue, the only real blue Gin on the market. This gorgeous little flower helps distilleries hit high floral notes and aromas for the popular liquor. Cheers! 🍸
• This bloom became linked to the French monarchy during the Middle Ages. It eventually became recognized as their national symbol, The Fleur-De-Lis. ⚜️
• In Ancient Egypt, Iris by-products such as Orris Root were thrown onto fires to create scents that would be pleasing to the gods. 🧝🏽♀️
• A depiction of an Iris flower is etched into The Great Sphinx of Giza. 🧝🏽♀️
• Today Iris essential oils are used for their antibacterial and pain killing abilities. It may also be used for a variety of ailments such as Halitosis, Inflammation, Anti-Fungal and Dry Skin. It is also a natural Antiseptic and used in many sedative medicines. 🧘🏻♀️
•The Purple Iris is the state flower of Tennessee and the Fleur-de-lis is the emblem for the city of New Orleans. Go Saints!! ⚜️