Iris versicolor

(Blue Flag, Iris)


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Hardiness Zones:

 3a  3b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Iris veriscolor, commonly called northern blue flag, is a clump-forming iris that is native to marshes, swamps, wet meadows, ditches and shorelines from Manitoba to Nova Scotia south to Virginia, Ohio, Illinois and Minnesota. It is a marginal aquatic plant that forms a clump of narrow, arching-to-erect, sword-shaped, blue-green leaves (to 24″ long and 1″ wide). Flowering stalks rise from the clump to 30″ tall in late spring, with each stalk producing 3-5 bluish-purple flowers (to 4″ wide) with bold purple veining. Falls (sepals) have a central yellow blotch surrounded by a white zone. Clumps spread slowly by tough, creeping rhizomes. Northern blue flag thrives in wetland habitats frequented by rushes and sedges (the “flag” part of the common name comes from the middle English word flagge meaning rush or reed). Rhizome is poisonous.

Description

Grow in medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. This iris may be grown in up to 2-4″ of shallow standing water (muddy bottom or containers), or in moist shoreline soils or in constantly moist humusy soils of a border. Propagate by division after bloom. Wear gloves when dividing the rhizomes. After fall frost, plant leaves may be trimmed back to about 1″ above the crown. Will naturalize to form colonies in the wild.

Additional information

Common Name

Blue Flag, Iris

Botanical Name

Iris versicolor

Container/Amount

1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Deciduous

Hardiness Zone

3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Fast

Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun

Height

2 to 3'

Width

2 to 3'

Soil Condition

Wet Soils

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

April

Flower Color

blue

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

Yes

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