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Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question
for May 8th - May 17th, 2006

Picture of Iris Sambucina.  Click here for a larger image.
This is Iris x sambucina.

It is a hybrid between Iris variegata and Iris pallida that dates back to 1759. Irises are the source of orrisroot, a powder derived from dried and pulverized rhizomes. It serves as a fixative in perfumes and potpourris. It has the ability to hold volatile fragrances for a long time, slowly releasing them over time. You can find Iris x sambucina in the Antique and Heritage Rose Garden in the National Herb Garden.

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