To welcome the coming spring, Latvijas Pasts has released a new stamp depicting an iris as part of the popular Flowers series. The new stamp depicting violet iris flowers has been designed by artist Lilija Dinere.
Irises have been cultivated for around two thousand years; the plant originates from the Mediterranean region. Approximately 250 species of iris are known in the wild, found in Asia, Europe, North America and North Africa. It is recommended to plant irises in sunny spots, so they are sometimes called children of the sun. Irises have a rich variety of colors - in Ancient Greek, the word iris meant rainbow.
Iris is the fourth stamp in the Flowers series by Latvijas Pasts, which was launched in 2010; the first release in the series was Peony, the second - Rose, and the third - Lily.