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Blueflag Iris Wildflowers

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WildFlowers Scientific Name:

Iris versicolor

WildFlowers Family Name:

Iridaceae — Iris family

WildFlowers Season:

May - July

Wild Flowers Color:

Violet Blue

Wild Flowers Description:

Also called the Fleur-de-lis, the western blue flag is found across much of the western United States. The flower get its name Versicolor from the Greek word Rainbow, in allusion to the prismatic colors of the species. It’s easily identifiable, for it looks like a garden iris on a diet. A stately plant, it blooms to mid-elevations s in late spring in moist meadows and in the rich loam deposited along the banks of slow flowing streams.  This is a handsome plant, with light green straight flat leaves, and three parted perfect flowers, blooming one by one from a green bract at the tip of a smooth somewhat irregular stalk. The three larger more showy divisions of the flower, are beautifully veined with deep violet over a whitish ground that are tinted at the base with yellow.
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