Life Stages

These irises have a mysterious habit of changing hues. When the flower emerges in the spring it’s almost black, in mid life it becomes violet and turns pink-purple in old age. As it begins to die it darkens into a black-violet again.

It’s not uncommon for flowers to bleach in the sun but this iris is in a league of its own, and each stage brings some of the most beautiful purple hues I have ever seen.

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