Iris versicolor 'Purple Flame' (Blue Flag Iris) grown in 1-gallon pots, blooming with purple flowers.
Iris versicolor 'Purple Flame' (Blue Flag Iris) Unity Grown
Close-up of the purple and yellow flowers of Iris versicolor 'Purple Flame' (Blue Flag Iris).

Iris versicolor 'Purple Flame' (Blue Flag Iris) Unity Grown

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Iris versicolor 'Purple Flame' is a cultivar of blue flag iris, an upright perennial wildflower native to wet and boggy areas across the northeast. The 'Purple Flame' cultivar is noted for its young foliage, which emerges a deep, eggplant purple in the early spring. As the weather warms, foliage turns to shades of green normally associated with Iris versicolor, and begins producing the blue-purple flowers that the plant is known for. Flowers fully bloom in the late spring and early summer, and can reach heights of up to three feet at maturity.

'Purple Flame' 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, 'Purple Flame' 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.

Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., and Native to Eastern Shore
Mature Plant Height: Medium: 30-48"
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 and Purple
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, Meadow, Rain Garden, Woodland Garden, Small Space, Container, Wetland Restoration, Full Aquatic, and Rock Garden

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