Iris virginica - Blue Flag Iris
Saturated to Emergent Shallow
A common wetland wildflower, this species has showy, 2" to 4" blue to violet blossoms that can be seen late spring into mid-summer. The foliage consists of clumps of vertical, wide, sword-shaped leaves that are bluish-green to green and 2' to 3' in length. Often spreading rhizomatously to form small colonies, it thrives in soils that are moist and will endure water that is up to a 1' deep, making it a great choice for water gardens. This perennial does best in full to partial sunlight, though light shade is tolerated, and is deer resistant.
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