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The controversial iris……

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The controversial iris......

Who knew? I had no idea that the Tennessee state flower had ever been the subject of controversy. It seems that Tennessee already had a state flower, the passion flower, until some folks got the idea that the iris should take its place. The iris won out and was named to its current title in 1933, but still remained the subject of controversy for many years. In 1973 the legislature gave in and awarded the passion flower the title of state wildflower. I guess that is kind of like coming in second in the beauty contest. As long as the winner is around, nobody remembers you.

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Author: photogal99

Gardening, bargain hunting, cat-loving girl who is obessessed with social media and the beach.

One thought on “The controversial iris……

  1. I was in Petersburg, TN this weekend on a family get-away. Met a lady at church who told me that I could come and get some of her irises. (Yay!) She had some that were dark and light purple that I’d like to go get one day. She also had a really dark one…I’m sure you’ve seen them before. Like a midnight purple. Anyhow, I’m collecting as many different colors that I can, as they are soooo easy to grow in north AL.

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