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An aquatic emergent, blue flag makes a nice addition to a water garden; excellent for stormwater management and wetland areas.

An aquatic emergent, blue flag makes a nice addition to a water garden; excellent for stormwater management and wetland areas. Typical inventory plug USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 8 October 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

Iris versicolor

Blue flag

An emergent aquatic, Iris versicolor has beautiful blue flowers with a yellow throat. Naturally found in wet places such as marshes, and along stream banks, moisture is required for this plant; it would make a good addition to a water garden.

Native Americans used the root of this plant for a variety of medicinal purposes. The root contains a glycoside, iridin, and was used for issues ranging from sprains to detoxification of the blood. Today, it is sometimes used to treat skin conditions.


Height:

1-3 ft

Spread:

2-3 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:

2-7

Bloom Color:

Blue

Iris versicolor Characteristics

Exposure

  • Full Sun to Partial Shade

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant

Attracts Wildlife

  • Hummingbirds

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Wet to Moist

Attributes

  • Naturalizing
  • Bog

Flowering Months

  • June
  • May

Foliage Color

  • Green

Interesting Notes:

For more information on this plant, visit the USDA PLANTS Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=IRVE2