The iris flower has its own particular flower power. Greek for "rainbow," the iris comes in many shapes, colors, and sizes. Largely ornamental, the iris is cultivated primarily for just looks, but it can grow on its own in the wild in mostly rocky and dry regions. Able to live more than two years (also known as a perennial), the iris flower can be found in bunches of its own siblings, having rooted and taken over the area surrounding it.
While mostly just pretty now, iris flowers were used for medicinal purposes as far back as Ancient Egypt, and their floral scent was thought to appease the gods — thus inspiring perfume.
Iris tattoos have their own look, their own power, and their own mythology too — the Greek goddess Iris, who personified the rainbow, was thought of as the bridge between the heavens and the earth. Purple irises were planted on the graves of women to summon Iris to aid them in their journey to heaven.
The iris became so regarded in France that it soon became a royal flower — inspiring the fleur-de-lis, the National symbol for France.