Bearded Iris - A Gallery of Flowers

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One of the most beautiful flowers, the Iris

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Gravel Path among colorful bearded Iris

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The Bearded Iris

The Bearded Iris is an amazingly beautiful flower, in my opinion. I am always amazed at the intricate details and colors that I see in these beauties. What makes the bearded iris that I have planted, even more special to me is that they were given to me by my great Aunt Betty. She is an amazing woman and loves to share her irises with others. The story of these purple/blue irises goes way back. They have traveled through many states, including Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, and Missouri. Those are just the states I know about. Its hard to look at one of the bulbs of these iris, which looks like just an ugly dirt clod with stringy protrusions. They are really just the roots, but they often look so unattractive, and have dirt clinging to them. They may only appear to be dead, but these contain the key to the life of these amazingly romantic an beautiful flower.

Some Interesting things to know about Bearded Iris

*The history goes way back to Greek Mythology. Iris was the Greek god of the rainbow, it is said. With all the colors and varying hues, we can see why! There is a legend that tells of Iris walking on a path through the sky, like a rainbow. To the Egyptians, iris have been considered a symbol of power and majesty.

* Bearded Iris have those little "beards", or little bits of furry looking parts on their petals. Upon closer inspection, they can be clearly seen and will amaze you all the more with their beautiful design.

* Bearded Iris are great heirloom plants, that have been cultivated and given a lot of attention to. Because of this we have an even great color spectrum and combination of colors than ever thought possible.

* Bearded Iris can be amazingly easy to grow, and even can thrive during a drought. They don't need an extra cold season to bloom well either.

* These iris can grow from anywhere between 8 - 28 inches tall.

Much more can be said of these amazing beauties, but the goal with this hub is to just share my photos of bearded more than anything else. On these photos, I have checked the box for enabling showing the photo in its larger size. If you click on the photo, it can be seen larger very likely, so that you can see the "beards", or little furry parts on these flowers.

Photo 1 - A very deep purple on the bottom, with super white, white petals on top. The color of the bearded part is easy to see as it stands out in a golden orange color. A thing of beauty, at least to me!

Photo 2 - This iris really knocks me out. The color alone is one I almost can't describe other than a pink/purple/lavender, yet it still doesn't seem quite fitting. The white frilly "bearded" part is there as well. I am always amazed by these flowers every time I see them.

Photo 3 - A rich burgundy and golden yellow color are just amazing together. Evidently there is no "true red" color in irises, which was another neat fact to find out about. The reds, pinks and burgundies we do see are just lovely to me though anyway. It is surprising there are no reds, but not really necessary when you look at all there is.

Photo 4 - This is the one my Great Aunt Betty passed along to me when I left California and moved to the Midwest. They looked like dead bulbs, and more like dirt clods. I thought I had waited to long to plant them. This is what came up! I simply love them. They are an amazing periwinkle blue color.

Photo 5 - An apricot color paired with a deep rich red wine color. This one is a knock out, in my opinion. So uniquely colored, its just amazing to me to find these occurring in nature.

Photo 6 - More yellow and burgundy bearded iris among many others in an iris garden. You can see them from a little bit more of a distance here.

Photo 7 - This is the same kind of iris as seen in photo 4, but you can see more at a different angle here. I like the angle because you can see the curves of the iris, the classy design almost. I love the little yellow "beard" you see here too.

Photo 8 - A chocolate brown iris with a burnt orange or rust colored "beard." How nature and scientists came up with some of these colors is beyond me, but I am so impressed. Nature will never cease to amaze me.


Below, I share some more iris flower photos, that are given with special permission to use from a friend. I loved seeing how iris flowers were captured through the eye of someone else. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


Beautiful Bearded Iris Flower

Gorgeous light on a bearded iris flower.  Shared with permission from K.S.
Gorgeous light on a bearded iris flower. Shared with permission from K.S.
Another beautiful iris from my friend.  Used with permission from K.S.
Another beautiful iris from my friend. Used with permission from K.S.
A beautiful peach colored bearded iris.  With Permission, from K.S.
A beautiful peach colored bearded iris. With Permission, from K.S.
A beautiful iris, with saturated color and mottled light on parts of the petals.  Used with permission from K.S.
A beautiful iris, with saturated color and mottled light on parts of the petals. Used with permission from K.S.

Pale yellow bearded iris flower

Pale Yellow Iris - Used with permission from K.S.
Pale Yellow Iris - Used with permission from K.S.

Gorgeous Peach Iris Flower

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I think this flower is just gorgeous.  Used with permission from friend, K.S.Water droplets on a peach iris, shared with permission from friend K.S.
I think this flower is just gorgeous.  Used with permission from friend, K.S.
I think this flower is just gorgeous. Used with permission from friend, K.S.
Water droplets on a peach iris, shared with permission from friend K.S.
Water droplets on a peach iris, shared with permission from friend K.S.

Beautiful purple with yellow bearded iris

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A gorgeous capture of a purple with yellow iris.  Used with permission from friend K.S.Deep Purple bearded iris used with permission from K.S.
A gorgeous capture of a purple with yellow iris.  Used with permission from friend K.S.
A gorgeous capture of a purple with yellow iris. Used with permission from friend K.S.
Deep Purple bearded iris used with permission from K.S.
Deep Purple bearded iris used with permission from K.S.
Another beautiful capture, used with permission from friend K.S.
Another beautiful capture, used with permission from friend K.S.

White Bearded Iris

Used with permission from friend K.S.
Used with permission from friend K.S.

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  • Not too fond of iris, personally
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Eduwriter 4 years ago

These flowers are all so pretty! Could you make a bouquet out of them? My sister had them in her floral arrangement in her wedding, they were lovely!


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barryrutherford 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

Great article thanks voted up !


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Brenda Holstine 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

Great hub. I love bearded iris and have many that were pass-along's from mother, mother-in-law and others. I've moved them with me several times, always leaving part of them behind to carry on for the next person.


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Eduwriter, thank you so much for the visit and comment. Yes, I believe you could make a bouquet, but honestly I never have. I don't have the heart to cut them from their stalks I love them so much. They would look so lovely in a floral wedding arrangement!

Barryrutherford, thank you so much! Appreciate the visit and comment.

Brenda, thank you so much. Wow, I love what you said about getting them from loved ones, enjoying them, and when moving leaving some and taking some! That is exactly what I do as well. It spreads the beauty and joy some and people will be so surprised the next time they come up. :) Thanks for your comment and visit here.


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lzlpio90 4 years ago

What a lovely and beautiful hub! i really like iris and i am badly looking for iris plants here... i wonder if i could ever find one in my place.... You planted them? really? it's so great!


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi lzlpio, I hope that you can find some iris plants where you are, as they are so beautiful. I am not sure they grow as easily everywhere, but I hope they will grow great for you. Yes, I planted them, and they are great when they do bloom. Thank you for your comment.


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DIYmyOmy 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Wonderful! Great writing plus wonderful photos!!


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello DIYmyOmy, thank you! So happy to read your comment, it is much appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina

Enjoyed these stunning photos of the Bearded Iris and am sharing them on Pinterest.

The history of these beautiful flowers was very interesting.

Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.


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oceansnsunsets 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Gail, thank you for stopping by my Iris hub, and for leaving a comment. So glad you enjoyed the photos! I appreciate the sharing and votes as well, it means so much. I miss being around Hubpages more, and hope to dedicate more time to it real soon.

Have a great Friday and weekend ahead, Gail!


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poetryman6969 18 months ago

I like these photos better. Some very beautiful flowers.


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oceansnsunsets 18 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thank you very much, Poetryman. I think irises are incredibly beautiful flowers. I am glad you liked the photos.

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