Wild Blue Iris is a native annual flower that can be commonly found growing in the wet areas of meadows and mountainous marshes throughout the western United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 2' and features stiff sword-shaped leaves and 2-3” blooms of 6 segmented violet-blue petals that have a white and yellow center and dark purple veins. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts hummingbirds, tolerates frost, makes cordage, is resistant to deer, and has medicinal properties!
Species: Iris missouriensis
Cultivar: Wild Blue Iris
Also Known As: Rocky Mountain Iris, Wild Blue Iris, Blue Flag, Flag Lily, Water Flag, & Dragon Flower.
Native to: Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Idaho, Mexico Northeast, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
Ease of Growing: Advanced
Grown as: Perennial
Maturity (Bloom): May to June
Light: Full sun to part shade.
Water: Medium to Wet.
Soil Moisture: Medium to wet. Well drained.
Beneficial Insects?: Yes. It's flowers attract hummingbirds.
Containers?: Yes. consider growing this in large pots submerged to the rim.
Sow Depth: 1/2"
USDA Zone: 3a-8b
Produces: a plant with stiff sword-shaped leaves and 2-3" pale purple blossoms with darker purple veins.
Garden Uses: Best grouped or massed in sunny areas of perennial beds, borders or foundations.
Vinca minor plants when grown around the base of an iris plant, they crawl and grow around the iris, this creates a beautiful focal point in the garden. Pair of purple coneflowers also go along well with long-stemmed bearded irises.
Problems: Leaf spot, root rot, bacterial soft rot, crown rot and mosaic viruses may appear. Watch for slug, snails, whiteflies, aphids and thrips. Iris borers can cause significant problems in areas where they are found.
Rope was made from fibers, which occur, on the outer margins of iris leaves. Huge bunches of leaves were harvested in the fall and stored until needed. A single silky fiber was taken from each margin of the leaf. None of the other fibers were used. The men always knotted the fishing nets. A deer rope is near 20 feet long with a lasso at one end, and about half an inch in diameter. This loop was set over a deer trail to catch the head or antlers. Within the set loop over the trail was spread a delicate network of the same material to draw in the loop. One Indian stated that "it takes nearly six weeks to make a rope twelve feet long."
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