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Re: HIST: Flags

From: "Cliff & Rita Snyder" <snyder@eden.com>


I find it very difficult to believe that corners were marked with iris. It
is a nice story, but the realities of land ownership then or now would be
incompatible with such an impermanent marker. They could die, be burned in
range fires, won't live in swampy areas, no topsoil at the corner, drift
away from the center of the original planting, etc. etc.


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael D. Greenfield <redear@infinet.com>
To: Iris Talk <iris-talk@onelist.com>
Date: Monday, August 23, 1999 3:14 PM
Subject: [iris-talk] HIST: Flags

>From: "Michael D. Greenfield" <redear@infinet.com>
>Does anyone know how it is that some people call iris flags?
>The reason I was told this weekend is ;  When people were homesteading
>years ago they would plant a iris on each corner to mark their land.
>Does anyone know if this is true?
>I cannot think of any other plant you could carry around and plant almost
>any time of the year and hope to have it grow.
>Mike Greenfield
>SW Ohio
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