Iris, Blue Flag

Iris versicolor

Family Iris (iridaceae)
Bloom Summer
Habitat Wet, sun or shade, edges of wetlands, lakes, rivers
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 2-3′
Flower Flowers consist of several large blue or violet flowers 2-4″ wide. Each flower consists of petals and sepals that are both the same general color. Sepals are spread wide and marked at the base with a yellow blotch. Petals stand upright and are about 1/2 the length of the sepals. Both sepals and petals are strongly marked with dark veins.
Leaf Leaves are long and narrow, blade-like about 1″ wide and 8-32″ long that arise from the base of the plant.
Notes This flower is also called the Northern Iris and is usually found along water, growing in clumps of tall leaves with many flowers.


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