Iris Meaning and the Fleur-de-Lis

Iris Flower Meaning Faith

Iris meaning is faith, wisdom, cherished friendship, hope, valor, my compliments, promise in love, wisdom. Find other Flowers Meaning Friendship. Irises were used in gardens devoted to the Virgin Mary. The blade-shaped foliage denotes the sorrows which “pierced her heart.” Find other Flowers Meaning Love

Iris Meaning and the Fleur-de-Lis

The iris is the emblem of both France and Florence, Italy. The fleur-de-lis, one of the most well-known of all symbols, is derived from the shape of the iris flower. The fleur-de-lis is a symbol of the royal family in France and is the state flower of Tennessee. Find other flowers meaning faith. Read more about purple flower color meaning.

Iris Name Meaning

The name is derived from the Greek word for rainbow. Blessed with the colors of the rainbow and the purest white, the iris has been recognized as the spirit of early summer. 

Iris Meaning in China

Its soft, fluttering petals remind the Chinese people of butterfly wings, flapping gently in the breeze. The flower is known as Tze Hu-tieh or “The Purple Butterfly.”

Growing Iris Flowers

Iris flowers are a genus with 200-300 flowering varieties. Irises are grown from bulbs or rhizomes and have long, flat leaves. Irises are used widely in gardens, especially the bearded varieties. Irises are easy to cultivate and propagate.

Iris Meaning in the Language of Flowers
Kathleen Karlsen Book Author

Kathleen Karlsen

Author of Flower Symbols and Vocal Medicine

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