“I know that inner wisdom is more precious than wealth. The more you spend it, the more you gain.” – Oprah Winfrey. The purple iris is symbolic of admiration and wisdom. In Greek mythology, Iris was a messenger from the gods who travelled to earth on a rainbow. Wherever she stepped, flowers sprang up. Iris means ‘rainbow’ which seems appropriate when this flower comes in a vast array of colours. Most iris species originate from temperate parts of Europe and Asia. An extract from the iris rhizome, called orris root, is used as an additive to perfumes and is the most widely used fixative for potpourri.