Iris are exotic blooms with graceful petals unfolding in jewel tones of amethyst, citron, and pure white. They add an exotic yet elegant touch to bouquets, centerpieces, and corsages. The Iris Flower is composed of 3 outer segments (falls), 3 inner segments (standards) and three petal-like styles with stems that have one or more sword-like leaves. Irises come in white, yellow, blue, purple & bi-colors.
Species: Iris X hollandica (l.spp.)
Origin: Native to the Iberian Peninsula and Northern Africa.
Symbolizes: Iris is Greek for 'Rainbow'. Iris are known to represent wisdom, trust, hope and valor.
Also Known As: Dutch Iris, Fleur-de-lis, Bulb Iris
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: 34-38 F (1-3C)
Water: Medium water quality. Avoid softened water
Vase Life: 3-9 days
What to Look for When Purchasing
Iris flowers are normally harvested at the "pencil stage", when a line of color projects out of the sheathing leaves. When buying iris, look for flowers still in the bud stage which are just starting to show color. Be sure the tips of the flower are not curled or dried up or the bloom won’t open.
Short vase life. Can be prone to leaf yellowing in foam. Make sure foam is kept well hydrated.
Iris adds color, style and beauty to any arrangement, but be sure to leave plenty of room to allow the ever-emerging Iris to open fully. If you are in a hurry, Iris blooms can be opened manually by peeling back the sheath about half way down which makes the flower open. For an interesting design, use odd numbers of Iris. Arrange your Iris prior to positioning the next type of flower to ensure an even display. In any arrangement, associate with other flowers that have similar vase life characteristics.
Pest & Disease Information
Susceptible to Botrytis.
Irises can have abnormal flower opening and premature petal discoloration. For longest life, place your iris in a cool place, away from draughts, radiators or direct sunlight. The warmer the room, the shorter the vase life. Use FloraLife® Bulb 100 to maintain foliage quality.
For optimal care of Iris, please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.