Iris versicolor / Blue Flag Iris


This luminous native iris lights up woodland swamps with its slender foliage and richly violet blooms. Companion to marsh marigold and cardinal flower. Adaptable to full sun and average but fertile soils. Adds a compact, vertical foliage element to a rain garden or wet meadow edge. Deer resistant.

Host plant for the beautiful, diurnal (day-flying) Virginia Ctenucha moth.

Height: 3′ -5′         Blooms: May, June

Siting: Moist to wet, sun to shade

Deer Resistance: High

Provenance: NJ


BONAP 2022 Iris versicolor Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (moths):
Virginia Ctenucha

Additional information


Quart, Cube, Quart