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Iris flowers

Iris flowers

It is around the most beautiful flowers that man’s attention develops: the flowers of the plants with the best scents and the most fascinating aspect are chosen to decorate the gardens, to furnish the houses, to become a symbol and a reference to pleasant images , until they are chosen as proper names that bring to mind pleasant symbols. This is the case of iris, a widespread feminine name that is linked to flowers of great charm and delicacy. The meaning of the term “iris” derives from the Greek and is that of “rainbow”: a decidedly appropriate name for this species of the Iridiaceae family which is characterized by bright and variegated flowers, from purple to blue. Iris is a bulbous or rhizomatous plant with a curious history: its spread is spontaneous in Europe and Italy, where it can be found in swampy areas, but it is in America that the flower becomes the object of attention and research. Today, the flowers of the iris are widespread in different shades, which vary in the colors of red, orange, blue and are accompanied by elongated leaves and bluish shades. Being a spontaneous plant, in our areas the iris is easy to grow and this has favored its spread over the centuries, up to the renewed attention for its beauty and elegance that from the United States has also infected the rest of the world. blue and are accompanied by elongated leaves and bluish shades. Being a spontaneous plant, in our areas the iris is easy to grow and this has favored its spread over the centuries, up to the renewed attention for its beauty and elegance that from the United States has also infected the rest of the world. blue and are accompanied by elongated leaves and bluish shades. Being a spontaneous plant, in our areas the iris is easy to grow and this has favored its spread over the centuries, up to the renewed attention for its beauty and elegance that from the United States has also infected the rest of the world.

Meaning of the flower


It is unlikely that the oldest and most widespread flowers do not become, sooner or later, the object of attention and attribution of meanings: the iris is not exempt from this custom and depending on the color it can be a natural representative of a different message. In its most common color and in general, the iris is usually considered a symbol of good wishes and happiness, of positive messages. Not every meaning, however, is equally positive: as happens for roses of the same color, even the yellow iris, for example, is linked to ambiguous meanings of jealousy, even if the meaning linked to a large and intense one usually prevails. loving passion. The white iris is instead a symbol of purity and innocence. In shades of purple, the iris symbolizes wisdom; for these reasons, the White iris is often used to decorate bouquets on weddings, baptisms or confirmations, while purple iris is chosen to celebrate some professional or academic achievement, such as graduation. In Asia, the meaning of the iris is charged with an even stronger and more positive value: considered since ancient times as one of the symbols capable of repelling the forces of evil, it was linked to the army and a good omen for the descent into fighting, and is still a symbolic element of Japan today.

Give iris flowers


Iris flowers are easy to grow, since they are also present on the Italian territory as spontaneous vegetation and adapt very well to the climatic and environmental conditions present here. For this reason, as well as for the bulbous or rhizomatous nature of the plant, easy to plant or keep for the following season, the iris is a flower that is often given as a plant to grow, or as a cut flower for important occasions. . Since, as seen, the meaning of the iris can vary according to the cultures and cultivars of the plant, the gift opportunities for this flower are also diversified. The purple iris is indicated in graduation bouquets, or to celebrate promotions or other important events from a professional point of view, while for religious ceremonies such as baptisms or weddings the iris can be used together with other varieties of flowers for the composition of the bouquet. Alternatively, it is possible to give the bulb already in bloom, which will then be easy to grow and will thus be able to adorn the home of those who receive the gift much longer than cut flowers can. The bulbs can also be easily transferred to the garden, to adorn the green frame of your home and to continue blooming year after year.

Iris flowers: beneficial properties


In addition to being beautiful to the eye, iris flowers are also valuable resources for herbal medicine and naturopathy. Iris is a real medicinal plant, of which the aerial parts are used, as they are richer in active ingredients. The positive and beneficial effects of iris extracts relate to migraine, with the reduction of pain. Iris is also effective to counteract disorders related to prolonged or occasional indigestion, and to counteract the symptoms of gastritis. With its soothing effect, iris allows to reduce inflammation of the stomach or intestine walls, favoring the correct assimilation of the nutritional substances contained in food and limiting the sense of burning and pain that usually accompanies an inflammatory state. The use of iris extracts is also widespread in herbal medicine for the creation of skin creams, since the active ingredients of iris promote cell regeneration.

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