Soil: Hydric (Wet) – Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1.5-2 feet
Bloom Color: Light Blue-Lavender
Bloom Season: May – July
Suggested Uses: Wild Iris is wonderful for use in rain gardens, shoreline restoration or conventional flower beds. Irises work well for shoreline protection as they develop strong root masses. The fresh flowers are beautiful in bouquets. Interesting seed capsules are a fun addition to dried flower bouquets as well! Deer resistant.
Native Range: Native to the Great Lakes and the Northeast U.S.
Pollinators: Bees. Attractive to birds.
Flowers: The flowers are 2.5-4″ wide with 3 petals, 3 sepals, 3 styles, and 3 stamens.
Leaves: The sword-like leaves are 8″-30″ long, pale green to grayish. They flatten together at the base like a folding fan.
Food Uses: Toxic to humans and pets.
Other Names: Harlequin Blueflag Iris
More information: USDA plant profile