Western Blue Flag Iris

John Butler

Penn Valley, United States

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Iris missouriensis has a light blue to deep violet rarely white flower. The spreading sepals are deeply veined dark purple with a yellow-white signal. The petals are upright to slightly divergent. The western blue flag iris flowers in late spring, on a (one) two to three-flowered inflorescences, with stiff light green leaves up to two to three feet long that are whitish colored at the base. The leaves arise from shallowly rooted, large, branching rhizomes forming clumps.

Iris missouriensis is commonly found growing in wet meadows, seeps, dry steppes, and open woodland. It is the most drought-tolerant of our native irises only needing moisture in the spring.

Photo: South Yuba River State Park, Nevada County, California, USA

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