Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Iris pseudacorus
of the Iris family
a perennial
1 -1.5 m high
blooms June - August
likes wet places, marshes, bogs
can be seen north of the South Beach

The name Iris is Greek for 'rainbow' since the flower is grown in gardens for their yellow, blue, white or violet flowers. It is also known as Yellow Flag. In France the flower forms the basis for the fleur-de-lys, or 'flower of Louis' as Louis VII adopted the 3-flower symbol which was first created by Clovis, the leader of the Franks. He was successful in chasing the Romans from northern Gaul and afterwards changed his heraldic symbol of three toads to three irises