Purple flowers and green foliage of Iris versicolor (blue flag iris)

Iris versicolor (Blue Flag Iris) Unity Grown

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Iris versicolor (Blue Flag Iris) is an upright, native, perennial wildflower that is typically found near wetlands, on creek or pond margins, or in any wet, low-lying area. Reaching a height of up to three feet, blue flag iris forms clumps of bright green, grass-like foliage that produces singular, striking blue-purple blooms with yellow accents in the late spring and early summer.

Iris versicolor performs great in typical garden locations when provided with consistent water, but also thrives in saturated areas like creek and pond edges, wet meadows, and even when plants are fully submerged. In addition to inundation, Iris versicolor is also tolerant of brackish water, and provides valuable resources to pollinators, hummingbirds, and even aquatic rodents, who eat the plant's starch-rich roots; even though the roots are consumed by things like muskrats and beavers, the roots are considered toxic to humans and livestock, and are avoided by deer.

Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., Native to Eastern Shore, and Straight Species
Mature Plant Height: Medium: 30-48"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
Flower Color: Blue and Purple
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, and Erosion Control
Tolerances: Clay Soil Tolerant, Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, Flood Tolerant, Salt Tolerant, and Wet Soil Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Rain Garden, Meadow, Woodland Garden, Small Space, Container, Wetland Restoration, Full Aquatic, and Rock Garden

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