Consistent, lively, strong and simply beautiful, this is what yellow iris is all about. You can just hear poems and love songs throwing wonderful similes of a woman’s character and beauty comparing to a flower. Often you hear metaphors of lilies to a pretty lady and red rose to a determined, passionate woman. But what of yellow iris, what do you hear about it?
Getting to know the yellow iris
Yellow iris or the yellow flag iris is a pretty flower with bright yellow petals. However, this is not a delicate flower but is actually a perennial plant that has a lifespan of up to two years. It typically grows near body of waters like lakes, streams, rivers and ponds. You can also find the yellow iris in meadows and damp pastures.
The Yellow iris is a native in Northwest Africa, Western Asia and in many parts of Europe. It is often seen in Scotland, Ireland and Britain. You can also find naturalized yellow irises in New Zealand and in North America. Just don’t expect to see these flowers in northern Iceland and Scandinavia.
The wild yellow iris, as a herbaceous flower, have stems and leaves that die with it every end of its season. It can grow up 1.5 meters tall. Its leaves are long as well, up to 90 cm. The flowers span up to 10 cm. The yellow iris also has a fruit with pale brown seeds. The fruit looks like a capsule of about 4 to 7 cm in length.
The iris as a plant, however, is not all yellow. There is the purple bearded iris or the purple and yellow iris. This iris has dark purple petals with a golden yellow beard at its center. Irises also have more than 200 types or variety. They differ in color and shapes.
Beware though as these beauties can be lethal. The juices from its tube-like stems can cause skin irritation, stomachache, nausea, muscle spasm, diarrhea, vomiting and at most, paralysis to grazing animals or humans who mishandle it.
How The Yellow Iris Spreads Out and Grows
Yellow iris flowers start blossoming in June and August depending on where they are planted. Some starts growing on September just like the iris bulbs and some may start blossoming on May. One thing is certain – Iris is a spring flower and you are sure to see one during this season.
The yellow iris thrives on open spaces so it is a must to avoid keeping them in shaded areas.
Its fruits with seeds are a result of its pollination and are a great contributing factor to spreading the plant. As the yellow iris flower dries up, it turns to a fruit. When its seeds dry up, it will be carried by the water and soon will grow as an individual plant.
How to plant the yellow iris
You can plant yellow iris on your own using the pollination method. If you want to use pollination, you will have to identify two things: the stamen in which you need to get the pollen and the wherein you have to put the pollen.
You will see you are successful some days later as the flower you have put the pollen will have withered, died and turned up as a fruit. Just leave the fruit until you see its seeds dried up. Let the seed take root for about 6 weeks in just the right condition. Right condition is 40 degrees below and not on shaded places.
Knowing all these, you can say it is not bad being compared to a perennial plant’s flower. Yellow iris is beautiful, big and regal. It thrives on meadows and open space and will not just dwindle away. It can take care of itself in the wild too and will defend itself when threatened. You can say a yellow iris beauty is enchanting and independently beautiful but you should handle with care as it can really sting you.