The Iris ~ share its Greek mythology with your kids today!

The Iris ~ share its Greek mythology with your kids today!

The Iris ~ In Greek mythology, Iris is the goddess who acts as a messenger of the Gods, appearing to mortals in the form of a rainbow. The Iris’s wide spectrum of colors lends itself perfectly to its namesake…

~ Irises in a garden at the elementary school of 4 of my grandsons ~
~ Irises in a garden at the elementary school of 4 of my grandsons ~

The Iris symbolizes great faith, wisdom, hope, love and cherished friendship. Poets, kings and artists have been admirers of the exotic Iris, and the flower was considered a symbol of great power by the Egyptians. Drawings of the Iris have been found in many Egyptian palaces.

The petals of the Iris are fan-shaped and its leaves are sword-shaped. The downward spread of the petals are sometimes referred to as falls for the direction they take. Some Irises have what are called beards, a fuzzy part of the lower petal on the flower. This beard is thought to attract bees to encourage pollination.

For centuries, the Iris has been used to make fragrances and medicines. Considered sacred by the Greeks, the Iris was used to heal colds, coughs and indigestion.

Share the Iris with your kids today. Tell of the goddess Iris, her rainbow colors, and the colors of the Iris flower… blue, black, purple, orange, yellow, red, brown, white, pink and even black. Tell of the Iris’s beards. Kids love things like flowers with beards!

Share an Iris masterpiece with a child or a cherished friend and tell of its secrets. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote of the Iris, “Thou art the Muse…”

Share your Muse.

The Iris ~ share its Greek mythology with your kids today! was last modified: May 20th, 2016 by Sharon Couto
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