Iris variegata | Bunte Schwertlilie | Variegated iris

Iris variegata, variegated iris, otherwise known as Sweet or Dalmatian iris. This one is actually Iris pallida variegata which could be translated as Sweet Dalmatian Hungarian iris. As such, it’s an approximate specimen to the one in the painting.

I always get confused between Irises and Lilies. It seems this confusion is not completely unfounded. In Flemish primitivism apparently there was a rivalry  between these two blooms which both represent the virgin Mary.




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