Iris are early summer flowers that come in a rainbow of colors. In fact,
iris means rainbow. There are Dutch iris which grow from bulbs, as well
as Japanese and Siberian varieties which are perennials cultivated from
rhizomes. A common garden plant with sword-shaped blue-green leaves,
the iris also grows wild in North America in damp woodsy places. The
iris is said to bring a message of hope or sorrow.