fleur-de-lis is an ancient symbol, used by many civilizations from the Mesopotamians and Egyptians to European royalty. Today it is associated with French culture in France, Quebec, Louisiana and other francophone communities. The fleur-de-lis is considered to be a stylized design of an iris flower. The wild iris, or blue flag shown above, is the provincial flower of Quebec, Canada and the provincial flag features four blue fleur-de-lis designs. This is iris season in our area. From the native wildflower to the ornamental bearded irises, blooms of all colours and sizes are seen in fields and gardens.
Agatha Christie fans and recently watched the Hercule Poirot movie, Yellow Iris. This short story was also made into a radio play in 1937. The wild yellow iris is one of the main visual and symbolic themes in the plot. And of course, the beautiful Iris Russell is the victim of the potassium cyanide in the champagne.
Flower symbolism flourishes in art, literature and music and the iris is frequently featured, if you look for the fleur-de-lis.