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Wild Flag Iris

Iris setosa


Perennial herb to 70cm tall. Densely tufted, from a short, thick rhizome; stems often branched. Leaves are long and fairly wide; sword-shaped. Blue/purple flowers with dark veins; sepals 5-6cm long, 3. Petals small, sharp-pointed.


Wet meadows, wetland edges, marshes, lake shores, at low to middle elevations.


Western blue iris (l. missourisensis) is another blue-flowered iris, but it has narrower leaves and larger blunt-tipped petals. It is an uncommon species, occasional on the BC coast.

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Tracy Morris
Tracy Morris 8 years ago

According to "Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast", the location which you found this makes it unlikely that it's really wild, as it is native further north. I think this might actually be western blue iris....

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British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on May 30, 2012
Submitted on Jun 1, 2012

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