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Iris virginica var. shrevei

Blueflag Iris

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This iris has light blue to deep violet flowers in late spring. Sturdy stems grow up to 3’ tall and carry one or two blossoms. the lovely blooms attract hummingbirds, butterflies and other beneficial insects. The foliage arches gracefully from shallow-rooted rhizomes. It makes a beautiful cut flower and deer tend to leave it alone.

 

Benefits

  • Fragrant flowers are nice as cut flowers
  • Thrives in full sun or partial shade
  • Excellent wetland cover for aquatic wildlife
  • Aggressive grower, holds soil well
  • Long blooming and a great nectar source
  • Carefree with few if any pest problems

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best grown in water gardens or along ponds or streams, or in rain gardens that maintain a moist soil. Enjoys full sun and a lightly acidic soil. 


Height
24-36 Inches

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Spread
8-12 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Native Range

Sunny floodplains and swamps from New York south to Florida and west to Minnesota and Texas

Native Trivia

Bumblebees' black and yellow bodies are quite hairy for a reason. They carry pollen on their hind legs and body hair, pollinating a myriad of crops from clover to blueberries all while flitting crop to crop in a most docile manner!

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Wet Sun
Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Soil
Acidic
Soil Moisture Preference
Moist
Wet
Attracts Wildlife
Amphibians
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Native Habitat
Coastal
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Bog, water garden
Cut or dried flower
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
District of Columbia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Louisiana
Maryland
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin