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Kentucky Color: Iris Bud and Flags
By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry
The local folks always called the sword shaped leaves of the Iris plant, flags. Of course the old-time, Blue Iris we see blooming all over our part of the world is actually, Blue Flag Iris. I suppose it was a natural progression, or regression if you'd rather, to begin referring to sword shaped leaves of all plants as "flags".
The Blue Flag Iris, according to historians, was growing in Eastern North America when our forefathers reached this land.
In the accompanying photograph of an Iris bud in my back yard, wild plant habitat garden, one can see the tinge of color. This bloodline, if you will, dates back to my Grandmother Mary Elizabeth Furkin Stotts' side of the family.
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