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Iris virginica

Southern Blue Flag, Virginia Iris

Scientific Name:

Iris virginica

Genus:

Iris

Species Epithet:

virginica

Common Name:

Southern Blue Flag, Virginia Iris

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Iridaceae (Iris Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Blue, Purple, Violet

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Iris virginica var. shrevei: marshes, swamps, streams (uncommon in NC Mountains & Piedmont); Iris virginica var. virginica: tidal and nontidal marshes and swamps, stream margins, flatwoods, wet meadows, bogs (rare in NC Piedmont, common in Coastal Plain).

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Closeup of Bloom

image

Tom Harville's garden
© Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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