SCIENTIFIC NAME: Iris
COMMON NAME(S): Flag, Iris
FAMILY: IRIDACEAE - Iris family
ORIGIN: Northern Hemisphere, about 300 spp.
HABITAT: Wetlands, woods, cultivated landscapes, florist's bouquets
CHARACTERISTICS: Bulb-like, or creeping at surface or just below ground
LEAVES: Flattened, strap-shaped, usually forming a fan
FLOWERS: Showy, variously colored, uniquely formed with specialized petals called "Falls" and modified reproductive parts called "crests"
FLOWERING SEASON: Spring
FRUITS: Capsules with brown seeds
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Irisin (a resin), possibly also flavenoids and dipeptides
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological
COMMENTS: Contact dermatitis has been reported, especially among floral wokers handling large volumes of the flower stems.