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Latest newsletter: Mystery of iris

June 20, 2016

"Samidare ni sawabe no makomo mizu koete izure ayame to hikizo
wazurau" (From "Taiheiki" Vol.21 by Minamotono Yorimasa)

Translation: The fifth month rains swamp the wild rice along the shore,
making it hard to tell irises from one another and pull just one.

The hana-shobu (water iris) is the June flower as well as the blooming
before hydrangeas. The shobu (sweet flag) as we described in the
issue 24 (May 31, 2014) belongs to the araceous plant whose leaves are
used for scenting the bath are different from the hana-shobu which
belongs to the iridaceae. The name of hana-shobu is originated from
the sword-like leaves which are close to those of shoubu (sweet flags
and its flowering species).

Read the full article:
The mystery of iris

Translation by: Eri Hara, reviewed by Chan Yee Ting


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