Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dwarf Iris

Iris reticulata, Pittsburgh, 2015

The family of dwarf irises are some of the earliest blooming flowers there are, typically flowering in late winter to early spring, depending on climate.  Yet, this year, mine have only just come into bloom, that's how long and wretched our winter was.  
Originally a wild iris native to the Caucasus Mountain region, it has become common and scattered throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North America.  I have been completely unable to find any medicinal use attributed to this plant, so I suppose its brilliance and beauty in the still drab landscape will have to suffice.

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