Nearly all the species of plants which grow on these prairies are common to Europe (paeonics, Hemerocallis, asters, pinks, gentians, violets, Cypripedium, Aquilegia, Delphinium, aconites, irises and so on), but here the plants attain a much greater size; a man standing erect is often hidden by the grasses.
Of wild flowers the most common are yellow daisies, poppies, irises, asphodels and ranunculuses.
The epithet "violet-crowned," used of Athens by Pindar, is due either to the blue haze on the surrounding hills, or to the use of violets (or irises) for festal wreaths.
Jonny opened his eyes, and the red ring around his irises was gone.
Her irises swirled again and her frown grew.
But instead of a rim of darker blue surrounding her irises, they were rimmed by a thick band of iridescent silver.
As she stared, the silver seemed to flare into a deep glow and swirl around her irises like cars around a racetrack.
His look was intent, the gold of his irises swirling.
Her irises were half silver.
Another was hunch-backed and dressed in heavy robes despite the heat of the day, and a third man barely taller than her had white irises and silvering hair.
The small man with white irises drew near her, his eerie, unblinking gaze making her uncomfortable.
Flowering annuals are mainly aquatic. Water lilies, water hyacinths, which are an obstruction in many streams, and irises in rich variety give colour to the coast wastes and sombre bayous.