The Secret Life of Flowers
In the Language of Gods and Godesses, Kings and Commoners
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While a delightful symbol of late spring blushing into the glorious stretch of summer, an alpine meadow tossed with wildflowers represents so much more than a bending, nodding wave of blue and magenta, gold and crimson. Wildflowers are essential to the health of our environment. They feed insects, birds, and even humans, hold the soil together, and serve as a base for many modern medicines—in fact, flowering plants provide almost 25 percent of the basic ingredients for our modern drugs. Long before European settlement, Native American Indians were masters at using plants medicinally and written records exist from the ancient Greeks who first identified and categorized plants as early as 300 B.C. The following guide includes nomenclature, myths and some little known facts for a small sampling of the many wildflowers found beside the streams, along the hillsides, and hidden among the rocky crevasses of our Idaho landscape.
Western Blue Flag Iris
Iris Family • Iridaceae
Symbol: Faith, wisdom, valor and victory in war.