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Iris Versicolor

Botanical Name:

Iris versicolor

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How to Grow
Water
Medium - High
Water moderately, allowing the top 3cm to dry out between watering.
Sunlight
Partial Shade - Partial Sun - Full Sun
~
3-6 hours of sun per day, with protection from intense mid-day sun
Soil
Moist, rich soils.
Characteristics

Bloom Time

Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug

Plant Type

Perennials, Bulb, Perennial, Poisonous, Wildflower, Herb

Lifespan

Perennial, Bulb

Plant Height

1-3 ft.

Flower

1-several at the top of a naked stem, 6-parted with 3 outer, spreading or pendent "falls" and 3 inner, erect "standards", variously colored, Rarely white.

Fruit

Green, Brown

Benefits
Attracts

Birds

Hummingbirds

Warning

Poisonous to livestock. POISONOUS PARTS: Rhizomes (thickened roots) and rootstocks, fresh or dry. Minor skin irritation when touched, low toxicity if ingested. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, elevated temperature following ingestion; skin irritation upon contact with seeds, rootstock, or cell sap. Toxic Principle: Irisin, iridin, or irisine. The rhizome of the Blue Flag is poisonous, but was used by colonists, with guidance from Indian people, for various healing purposes. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)Through the years, iris flowers have symbolized power, with the three parts representing wisdom, faith and courage. (Kershaw)Irises have been used medicinally in the past, but their rootstocks are dangerously poisonous. Some tribes used the two outermost fibres of the leaves to spin strong, very fine, highly esteemed twine. Powdered iris root, called orris, smells like violets and has been added to perfume and potpourri. (Kershaw)

Taxonomy

Order

Asparagales

Family

Iridaceae

Genus

Iris

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