All summer long, new flowers emerge in the spiral garden, attracting bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies, as well as human admirers. For many of us, iris time is the favorite. Iris are such fancy and intricate flowers!
Iris have evolved to attract pollinators. The re-curve of the sepal (also called a “fall”) provides a landing pad.
The colorful veining on the sepals directs pollinators down into a space between the sepal and style arm where pollination occurs.