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RE: OT: Flags

Anyone know the origin of the term "Flags" in reference to irises?

Another answer to John's question from Iris "Historian" Jim Morris:
  My best guess based on iris history research would be that use of the term 
"flags" for irises goes back to the time of the Franks (Germanic pre-French).  
According to legend, Clovis I (466?-511) used the fluer-de-lis on his flags 
in the early 500's AD after an angel gave him an iris for accepting 
Christianity.  Clovis is an early form of Louis.  In 1376 Charles V chose three 
fluer-de-lis for his coat of arms.  It remained on the coat of arms of the French royal 
family until the French Revolution (1789-1799).  Jim Morris   

Rita Gormley
Gormley Greenery
Cedar Hill, MO
AIS Region 18, Zone 5

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