Iris virginica - Southern blue flag
About three hundred species of Iris are native to warm parts of North America,
Europe, and Asia.
irises found in gardens are usually hybrids of southern blue flag and other wild
irises found in the southeastern U.S. Southern blue flag is native
to streamsides and wetlands of the southeastern United States. It is found
naturally on the UNF campus. Showy blue flowers are held at the top of three to
four foot tall stems in late spring and early summer. In north Florida, it may be
evergreen or die down in winter.
See these plants along the edge of pond ‘H’ behind building 6 and along waterways in natural areas around campus.
Herbaceous plant with leaves about three to four feet tall.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: requires moist soil, tolerates standing water
Soil: moisture is essential, no other special requirements
This is a great plant for moist gardens or the edge of fresh
water. It flowers best in full sun.