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Black Iris

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

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Black is not a typical flower coloring, 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 can 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.

In addition, there are nine other subspecies of Iris. The 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 mostly found in the deserts of Jordan. The blooming season for Irises is spring and late autumn.

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