Karl, as easily handled as irises are, I wouldn't
be surprised if the very first modern humans that came out of Africa into the
Middle East some 60,000 years ago picked up a few and stuck them in the ground
by their homes or on graves. Bearded irises were growing in the wild in
Mesopotamia and would have been obvious attractors of interest to the human eye
and voracious curiosity natural to our kind.
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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