Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Piedmont)

Look for it in marshes, swamps, streams, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple

FLOWER:
Spring
Lavender/Violet
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3 sepals
3 petals
3 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Iris virginica var. virginica   FAMILY Iridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Iris virginica var. virginica   FAMILY Iridaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 046-05-002:
Iris virginica   FAMILY Iridaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Southern Blue Flag


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image of Iris virginica var. virginica

JK Marlow    jkm090522_001

May    Bamberg County    SC

image of Iris virginica var. virginica

JK Marlow    jkm100513_053

May    Greenville County    SC

Lake Conestee Nature Park

image of Iris virginica var. virginica

JK Marlow    jkm160516_793

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Iris leaves have two morphologically and anatomically identical surfaces, per Plant Systematics, A Phylogenetic Approach.

image of Iris virginica var. virginica

JK Marlow    jkm160516_794

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Three erect petals, smaller than the sepals and without markings, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Iris virginica var. virginica

Jerry Bright    jeb_greenswamp062808_24

June    Brunswick County    NC

Green Swamp

image of Iris virginica var. virginica

JK Marlow    jkm070611_003

June    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Sepals larger than petals, marked with yellow toward and onto the claws, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Iris virginica var. virginica

JK Marlow    jkm070611_007

June    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

image of Iris virginica var. virginica

JK Marlow    jkm070611_009

June    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Three sepals with broad round downward arching tips, base marked w yellow, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Iris virginica var. virginica

JK Marlow    jkm081009_319

October    Bamberg County    SC