Sunday, February 12, 2012
IRIS ARGAMAN - COASTAL IRIS
Irus haArgaman - איריס הארגמן - Iris atropurpurea - is endemic to the coastal area of Israel. This magnificent flower blooms in February and March. The stalks reach a height up to 40 cm and are crowned with a single large flower head, the size of a medium fist.
The colors of the flowers range in hues of purple, to almost black, sometimes even tending towards orange. Argaman is Hebrew for purple. This is a protected plant. It likes to grow in soil of sand and gravel and can be found even very near to the shore line of the sea near Palmachim and Natanya.
We went for a long weekend to the north of Israel to the Galilee, the Kinnereth, and the Golan Heights. Our first stop on the way was at a small nature reserve off highway number four, near Kadima, where we found the wonderful purple Iris. It was early in the morning, after a night of rain and the remaining drops on some of the flower petals added to their beauty.
I will show more spring flowers and views from our trip in the next post.
Photographs by Uri Eshkar.