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Iris versicolor - Blue flag iris

Native Wetland Plants

Iris versicolor

Blue flag iris

More About Blue flag iris

  • Slow rhizomatous spreader
  • Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds

Iris versicolor, Blue flag iris, is a hardy lakeshore herbacious perennial typically found in the shallow waters of pond edges, sedge meadows, marshes, along stream banks and in forested moist soil wetlands. Blue flag iris forms sword-like foliage 2-3' tall growing from thick creeping rhizomes. The elegant flowers of Blue flag iris are 2-4" across and usually light to deep blue and bloom from May to July.

Bloom Color

Blue

Iris versicolor Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Mature Height
2' - 4'
Spread Characteristics
Rhizomatous - Slow
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Fall
Pond Zonation
High Marsh - Saturated Soil
Low Marsh 0 - 6"
Foliage Color
Green
Wildlife Benefits
Amphibians
Bees/Pollinators
Butterflies
Cover
Nesting
Waterfowl
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Goose Resistant
Wetland Indicator Status
OBL
Plant Type
Flowering Perennial
Marginal
Attributes
Container
Cut Flower
Drought Tolerant
Erosion Control
Fibrous Roots
Focal Point
Great Foliage
Ground Cover
Mass Planting
Native
Naturalizing
Ornamental Flower
Rain Garden
Salt Tolerant
Specimen
Storm Water Basin
USDA Hardiness Zone
4
5
6
7
8
9
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