Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Iris versicolor L. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Derek Anderson

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Matthew L. Wagner
Family Iridaceae
Iris versicolor L.
blue flag, harlequin blue flag, northern blue flag
Iris: named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow
versicolor: variously colored
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, semi-aquatic to emergent, 2'-3' tall forb; stems equal to or slightly taller than the leaves; roots stout, sometimes partially exposed rhizomes
Flower: blue to purple, 6-parted, 4" wide, short-stalked, either no spot or a greenish-yellow spot at the base of the sepals; inflorescence held above the leaves; blooms June-July
Fruit:3-angled, cylindrical capsule
Leaf:sword-shaped, cross-section V-shaped, in flat, fan-shaped clusters
Habitat: full to partial sun; wet; meadows, streambanks, water less than 40" deep; in sandy, loamy soil

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