THE RAINBOW FLOWER
Despite our wet and violent weather here,
iris flowers are now in bloom.
And what a magnificent show it is.
Aptly named the "rainbow flower",
with over 260 species and color variations,
the iris takes its name from the Greek word for rainbow.
Iris was the Greek goddess, the "messenger of love."
These flowers are the ultimate pollination "machine",
with brilliant colors that call insects in for a landing
and sophisticated "landing pads" that ensure pollination.
The 3 sepals (petals hanging down, some with beards)
alternate with 3 petals (standing upright).
Insects carrying pollen will, upon entering,
deposit their rich load on the bearded stigma;
and when backing out, the pollen which it now bears
will not be rubbed off on the stigma of the same flower.
"Perfect pollination" ensured by the iris' design,
for a fresh crop of brilliant crossed colors . . .
new rainbows for the next season.