Iris versicolor 'John Wood' - BLUE FLAG IRIS 'JOHN WOOD'

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Wonderful, vegetatively propagated cultivar of native Iris, with dark purple base of the leaves and purple flowers, awarded American Iris Society's Award of Merit in 2003 and the Signa Medal in 2006.

Iris versicolor and it's cultivars or hybrids are underused native/nativar Irises, that can easily compete with siberian or japanese Irises.

Good perennial combos are with Chelone, Eupatorium, Geranium 'Rozanne', Geranium "'Brookside', Helianthus, Hibiscus moscheutos hybrids, Lobelia (L. siphilita, cardinalis), tall Phlox, Persicaria amplexicaulis, Physostegia, Rudbeckia fulgida or Sanquisorba.

Flower beds, moist soil areas, water bodies banks, erosion control along the streams, wet meadows. Good cut flower.

Blooming time : May to June

Size : usually 42" tall tall and 24" wide

USDA zones : 3 to 9

Culture : sun, half shade, average moisture, moist soil to wet soil or grown as bog/water plant on the water margins

Moisture Needs : moderately moist, moist, wet, in shallow water, wet clay

Origin : Garden originated cultivar, bred by John Wood and registered by Everett Lineberger.

Wild form of I. verisicolor is native wilflower to Eastern United States, Canada, see the USDA distribution map.

Deer/rabbit resistant : yes/yes

Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators : native bees

Attracts Hummingbirds : yes

Pot size : square 3.5" x 5" deep pot

Picture copyright : David J. Stang, Commons Wikipedia