XYRIS IS A BOTANICAL term I discovered when searching for a word beginning with the letter "X". According to some writings, xyris refers to marshland plants that usually have yellow flowers amid spiky grassy leaves.
The yellow iris I captured at Elgin Heritage Park in South Surrey was by a marshy pond edged with various grasses so seemed to fit the description. The blooms sprouted very quickly but strangely all too soon disappeared.
It looked like someone or something unceremoniously mowed down the plants when I visited the area a week later. All I found were the roots of former blooms at the foot of the pond that had turned murky and gray. I noticed some blades of grass fell across one another and formed the letter "X".
I suppose the iris in my front yard would not be termed xyris because of its purple color and location. Nonetheless, it is just as pretty and still standing unlike those at the pond.
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