the joy of the iris
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* Irises come in many forms, shapes, colors and sizes and the sword-like foliage is attractive when the plant is not in bloom.
* Iris are among the best-known and loved among garden plants. Iris are hardy herbaceous perennials.
* The genus Iris is a large genus of bulbous and rhizomatous perennials.
* The Iris was named after the Goddess of the rainbow because of its many colors.
* A flower on the Sphinx is considered to be an Iris, and another appears on a bas-relief of the time of the 18th Egyptian dynasty.
* Pliny also knew the Iris and praised its medicinal virtues.
* The Iris was also a favorite flower of the Moslems, who took it to Spain after their conquest in the 8th century.