The Royal Iris is a species of wildflower native to the Middle East.
Yuval Sapir, director of the Tel Aviv University Botanical Garden, calls his laboratory the Temple of Iris.
“This is a group that evolved in the semi-arid zones…between the Mediterranean and the desert and adapted to the climate conditions,” Sapir said.
The Middle Eastern beauty, with colorful petals that range from dark purple to black and brown, is the largest flower in Israel.
They are rare …
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