Blue flag beauty by ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

A “swamp” iris called “Blue Flag” with astoundingly beautiful color in the blue and yellow contrast and hints of purple at the throat. Captured at the edge of the watershed at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, Florida, USA. 1154 views as of Oct. 22, 2012

Featured in—Wildflowers of North America-Aug. 15, 2010

Featured in—#1 Artists of Redbubble-Oct. 8, 2010

Featured in —Explore-about June 4, 2012

Featured in—Artists Universe-June 10, 2012

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The southern blue-flag, (Iris virginica), is a beautiful purple-blue flower. The iris (Iridacea) is a family of perennial herbs. Other familiar plants in the family are crocuses, freesia and gladioli.

The iris is characterized by thickened stems and sword-shaped leaves. The swamp or purple iris stem or rhizome is extremely poisonous when dried. The Indians often used small amounts as a diuretic and cathartic.

The wild iris is common in the temperate and sub artic regions of North America. These wild irises are often called flags.

The iris is thought to be the source of the fleur-de-lis and possibly the flower of the Greek youth Hyacinth.

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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

    please add a little about Blue Flag for acceptance to Wildflowers of North America, Randi. The image is lovely

  • Ok Vickie-I’ve done it and it is an interesting plant: basis of the Fleur-de-lis, etc. Thank you for your comment and advice.

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

    thank you Randi, that’s perfect :-)

  • Welcome!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • Rainy
    Rainyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Randi!

  • Thank you, Rainy! Aren’t irises some of nature’s best handiwork? I could go back for more pix, actually, because I love them so much.

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 4 years ago

    the blue is so lovely!!

  • Yes, that rich blue that nature adorned these flowers with is heavenly…thank you for the nice comment and the fav!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

    All Around Florida Group

  • Thank you for keeping a Florida group going strong!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks, Ray!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • Here is a framed print view…

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 4 years ago

  • I appreciate the sweet banner!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • Oh, and of course, thanks for the feature! Here is a canvas print view…

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 4 years ago

    Oct 8th 2010


  • Well, I’m “bedazzled” by this. Thank you very much!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    well taken beauty !LIz

  • Thanks, Liz! I enjoyed your capture of a blue flag iris, as well!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...over 4 years ago

    A beautiful series of flowers Randi.

  • Thank you so much! Love your capture of the beagle, “Baxter.” Thanks for stopping by!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

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