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Wednesday
Jan252012

Wildflower Wednesday ~ Yellow Iris (Iris Pseudacorus)

As I sit down to write this post I can hear from outside the mighty winter winds howling and I can see the many snowflakes cascading down from the clouds above.  Then I take a look at the next series of photos and am overcome with an overwhelming desire for spring to arrive!!  The next six weeks of winter are usually tough for me to get through but looking at and into these beautiful wildflowers helps a bunch.  I hope they brighten your day :-)

(The flowers in this post are of a garden variety of Yellow Iris.  The Yellow Iris wildflower is completely yellow with a small ring of brownish markings.)

  • a herbaceous perennial plant native to Europe, western Asia and northwestern Africa.
  • a member of the Iris family.
  • the yellow flowers are 3" wide with 3 sepals curling backwards and 3 petals which are smaller and upright.
  • the leaves grow to approximately 3' high, rising from the basal cluster.  They are often taller than the flower stalk.
  • grows 2-3' high from June through August in marshes, wetlands, ponds and streamsides.
  • spreads quickly by rhizome, water dispered seed and is pollinated by bumble bees.

  • is primarily an aquatic plant but has been shown to survive prolonged periods of dry conditions, longer than three months.
  • can quicckly colonize into large numbers, forming dense stands by outcompeting other plants (similar to Cattails.)
  • was brought into Canada and the US during the early part of the 20th century as a garden flower.  It was first documented as escaped in Newfoundland during 1911.
  • used as a form of water treatment due to its ability to absorb heavy metals through its roots.
  • also used as tool in dealing with erosion issues.

  • the name Iris comes from Greek culture.  Iris is the goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods, a link to humanity.
  • the name pseud is also Greek and means false.  Acorus is a sweet flag genus of plants.  Together, pseudacorus, is in reference to the similarity of the Yellow Iris to the genus Acorus.
  • the roots were used historically as a herbal remedy to induce vomiting.
  • the leaves and rhizomes contain an irritating resinous substance called irisin which can cause gastric disturbances if ingested.
  • a slice of root held up to an aching tooth is said to bring instant relief.
  • is used in the perfume and cosmetics industry.

  • the wild Yellow Iris is said to be the first ever iris called "Fleur de Lys," a symbol of the French Courts.  The name Lys has long been thought to be a corruption of Louis, as in Louis VII who used it as an emblem in his royal house.
  • it has also been said the name Fleur de Lys is from the old German word for yellow iris, Lieschblume - blume became fleur and liesch became lys.
  • has many old names including Segg, Seag and Skeggs from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning sword, in reference to the long sword-like leaves.
  • is often called a Yellow Flag, in reference to how the plant moves in the breeze.

Now for CM Barker's take on the Yellow Iris...

antique Iris Flower Fairy print

The Song of The Iris Fairy

I am Iris: I'm the daughter
Of the marshland and the water.
Of the clear and peaceful stream;
Water-lilies large and fair
With their leaves are floating there;
All the water-world I see,
And my own face smiles at me!

Wednesday
Nov032010

Nature 365 - Day 307 - Coming to an End

Black-eyed Susan - Shot at Sunnidale Park in Barrie

Saturday
Aug072010

Nature 365 - Day 219

Life of a Bee - Shot at Tiny Marsh near Elmvale

Monday
Jul262010

Nature 365 - Day 206

Fragrant Water Lily - Shot at Tiffin CA

Monday
Jul192010

Nature 365 - Day 200

Chickory - Shot at Sunnidale Park in Barrie

Wow, 200 hundred days complete and a 165 to go! It has been a difficult project but we've had a wonderful time going through the experience.

Tuesday
Jul062010

Nature 365 - Day 187

Black-eyed Susan's and Prairie Cone Flowers - Shot at Bear Creek Wetlands in Barrie