Iris versicolor
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Iris versicolor
Iris versicolor
photo, Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Iris versicolor
Common name: Slender blue iris
Group: monocot
Family: Iridaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 4-32"
Foliage: Leaves look almost like grass, but much wider, a half to one inch wide.
Flower: irregular blue to purple flowers, 2.5 to 4 inchesthree sepals, erect, heavy blue veins on white background at base; finely variegated with yellow, white, and green
Flowering time: mid May to mid June
Habitat: marshes, swamps, meadows, shorelines
Range in New Jersey: common throughout the state except in the Pine Barrens
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. For more information, see the USDA pdf