Family, Iris. Color, blue with darker veinings and touches of yellow, white, and green. The large flower deserves study. The perianth is divided into 6 lobes, 3 outer and 3 inner, which are united into a short tube below. The outer divisions curve gracefully backward, the inner stand erect. Stamens, 3, almost hidden under the 3 broad, petal-like styles, which bear their stigmas immediately under their 2-lobed, liplike tips. Capsule, 3 - lobed, 1 1/2 inches long. Leaves, equitant, one arising from within the base of another, covered with a whitish bloom. Stem, 2 to 3 feet high, leafy, branched above. May to July.

Every one knows the beautiful iris, one of the blue flowers, but so variegated with other tints as to be named after the rainbow. The stiff, sword-shape, folded leaves give it a dignity, and in the marshes where it grows it has few peers for loveliness. It is found in wet, low grounds the length of the Atlantic coast. Insect aid is necessary for the fertilization of this flower, and the bee, said to be a lover of blue colors, is often seen delving into the honeyed depths of the iris, powdering its head with the pollen, which it carries to another flower.