Celebrated on May 8th
It takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, which is also the name for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, Iris. There are 260 to 300 species of iris.
The iris is often seen as a flower of royalty and power. There are bearded and beardless irises. The Louisiana, a variety of beardless iris, is native to the United States, and is found wild on the Gulf Coast. The “beard” on a bearded iris is a fuzzy appendage located above the falls, or lower petals.
Giving someone an iris says "Your friendship means a lot to me." Iris, Blue: Faith, hope Iris, Purple: Wisdom, compliments Iris, Yellow: Passion Iris, White: Purity