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10 of spring's most beautiful blooming bulbs

By: Melissa Breyer on March 29, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

Photo: doug_wertman/flickr

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Up to 300 species, many of them natural hybrids, are included in the Iris genus, making spring a vivid and colorful place where irises are concerned. Named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the Gods, the Greeks planted irises on women's graves so that Iris would guide their souls to a peaceful place. Also awesome: The fleur-de-lis, which graces many European coats of arms and is the symbol of the French monarchy, is thought to be a stylized image of the iris.