Description

**Pre-orders are for local pickup only. We do not ship plants. Please double check your location and ensure you are able to pick up your plants in the spring (available for pickup starting May 11th). Specify pickup date in 'notes' when completing your order.

**This plant is native to Northern Michigan

Growing Requirements:

  • Flourishes in moist to wet, well-drained soil
  • Prefers full sun to partial shade
  • Tolerant of various soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils
  • Requires consistent moisture, particularly in warmer climates
  • Hardy in USDA zones 3-9

Features:

The Wild Blue Iris (Iris versicolor) is a captivating perennial wildflower cherished for its exquisite blooms and elegant foliage. Its striking blue-purple flowers, adorned with intricate patterns and delicate veining, grace the garden from late spring to early summer, adding a touch of natural beauty to wetland gardens, pond edges, and rain gardens. This native plant exudes charm and grace, evoking a sense of tranquility and serenity in the landscape.

Mature Size and Form:

In optimal conditions, the Wild Blue Iris can reach a height of 2 to 3 feet with a spread of 1 to 2 feet. Its erect stems are adorned with sword-shaped leaves and topped with clusters of vibrant flowers, creating a picturesque display that complements water features and naturalistic landscapes.

Benefits to the Local Ecosystem:

The Wild Blue Iris offers several ecological benefits, enriching the local ecosystem and supporting biodiversity:

  • Pollinator Magnet: Its showy flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, enhancing pollination and promoting biodiversity in wetland habitats.
  • Erosion Control: The fibrous roots of Wild Blue Iris help stabilize soil and prevent erosion along pond margins, stream banks, and other water features, making it an excellent choice for erosion-prone areas.
  • Wildlife Habitat: The dense foliage and abundant flowers of Wild Blue Iris provide cover, nesting sites, and food sources for birds, insects, and small mammals, contributing to habitat diversity and ecological balance.
  • Visual Appeal: With its vibrant blooms and graceful foliage, Wild Blue Iris adds color and elegance to wetland gardens, water features, and naturalistic landscapes, creating a captivating focal point.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Wild Blue Iris is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal watering and care. It's an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a beautiful and resilient plant for moist, sunny landscapes.