Blue Flag Iris
The Blue Flag Iris Is a Beautiful Spring Blooming Perennial Plant
The blue flag iris (Iris versicolor) is a herbaceous perennial plant native to North America. It typically grows to be around 2 to 3 feet tall and has long, sword-shaped leaves up to 3 feet long and 1 inch wide. The green leaves have a distinctive mid-rib that runs down the center. This perennial has a long lifespan and is very popular in flower gardens and beds.
Blue Flag Iris Blooms in Spring and Summer Seasons
The blue flag iris blooms in late spring to early summer and produces large, showy flowers that are typically blue to purple, although they can sometimes be white or yellow. The flowers are composed of three upright petals, called standards, and three downward-hanging petals, called falls, often marked with darker veining or spots. The flowers are approximately 3 to 4 inches across and are borne on tall, branching stems that rise above the foliage.
Blue flag iris plants prefer moist to wet soil and are often found growing near streams, ponds, and other bodies of water. They also tolerate some shade, although they do best in full sun. The plant is relatively low maintenance and is a good choice for a naturalistic or wildlife garden, as it attracts bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
The Blue Flag Iris Plant Thrives in Wetland Environments