Common Name: Blue Flag
Family Name: Iridaceae
Genus/Species: Iris Versicolor
Family Characteristics: Irises usually have basal leaves in two ranks, linear to sword-shaped, often resembling a fan, arising from a thick rootstock or, in some spicies, from a bulb.
Identifying Traits of the Species: Violet-blue flowers with three bent-back,veined sepals with yellow patches and three narrower, vertical petals, each flower is two in a half to four inches wide, with three stamen.
Type of Habbitat: Southern Canada, greate lake areas north east to mid-Atlantic states.
Average Plant Size: 2-3 ft.
Type of Flower/Fruit: Perrenial
Season in Which Plant Flowers: May-July
Special Importance to Man/Animal: The underground roots (rhizome) is poisonous.
Research Refrence: First feild guide, internet, Treasury of gardening book, and Comtoms home library.