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Iris versicolor ‘Purple Flame’ (blue flag iris)

Iris versicolor ‘Purple Flame’

Iris versicolor ‘Purple Flame’ is a great choice for the edge of a pond or along a stream bank.  In early spring deep purple foliage emerges.  As the plants begin to mature the foliage turns green.  Violet flowers bloom in early summer.  This plant is tolerant of anything from average garden soil to saturated clay soils and prefers full sun.  Iris versicolor ‘Purple Flame’ is attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. 


[Photo: Iris_versicolor_1; Credit: NasserHalaweh, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons] 

Bloom Color: Purple

Bloom Time: Early Summer

Light: Full Sun

Moisture Needs: Average

Size: 3 – 4 feet

Soil: Clay, Neutral

Value: Native

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