Best time to travel to Jordan

Black Iris

Have you ever seen a totally black flower? If not, be ready to see the elegant beauty on desert roadsides in Jordan

Black Iris in Jordan 2019 - Best Time
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Black is not a typical flower colouring, yet the elegant Black Iris fits perfectly into the sandy Jordanian landscapes and delightfully sways in the desert wind. This endangered flower is considered a symbol of Jordan and may be enjoyed exclusively in the wild. It's a bit odd, but the dry sandy soil of Jordan is perfectly suitable for these rare beauties. The Black Iris bears the status of the Jordanian national flower and can be found in the countryside to the northeast of Karak. Additionally, there are nine other subspecies of Iris. Tthe most widespread is the Purple Iris which is found in the mountains near the ancient northwestern city of Pella. Other varieties include one with sword-like leaves and a glossy black iris with darker velvet patches; these can be most​ly found in the deserts of Jordan. The blooming season for Irises is spring and late autumn.

Black Iris in Jordan - Best Season 2020