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