Iris versicolor/Blue Flag Iris, Harlequin Blueflag Iris

Iris versicolor / Iris versicolor
A clump of iris in spring bloom
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A clump of iris in spring bloom

Sword-shaped leaves and flowers

Close view of large, prominent flower

Spring flower

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Scientific Name: Iris versicolor
Common Name: Blue Flag Iris, Harlequin Blueflag Iris
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Blue
Fruit present: Spring
Fruit color: Green
Light Exposure: Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: This iris is best adapted for the upper ragions of the country with summer temperatures are more moderate. It produces showy, light to dark blue flowers in spring. The leaves are sword shaped. Plants form large clumps from thick, creeping rhizomes. This iris will grow in shallow water -- along the edges of shallow ponds and in water gardens.