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May 12, 2010 7:15 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Blue Flag iris is normally used to describe Iris versicolor, an iris that grows wild in much of the US. But in some places it may refer to other irises, such as Iris virginica. In the deep south it is often used to describe Louisiana irises, usually Iris giganticaerulea.

But the iris Sharon and Aunt Bett are referring to is Iris versicolor.

Iris versicolor is an easily grown garden plant, loving just about any garden conditions, with soil from wet to dry. It has an elegant flower, with up to nine blooms per stalk, with colors ranging from lavender to soft blue purple, on slender, arching, well branched stems.

Medicinally, it is still used as a drug to purge the liver and intestines.

Some very successful hybridizing has been done with iris versicolor, often crossing it with siberian iris.

To find out more about iris versicolor, and to see some of the hybridizations, please come visit our irises cubit.

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