Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Iris setosa (Wild Flag)

 

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Liliopsida Monocotyledons

Subclass

 Liliidae

Order

 Liliales

Family

 Iridaceae Iris family

Genus

 Iris L. iris

Species

 Iris setosa Pall. ex Link beachhead iris

Variety

 Iris setosa Pall. ex Link var. interior E.S. Anderson wild flag

A beautiful blue iris reaching 24 found at low elevations along the west coast of Alaska and Canada (and also in China and Japan).

Wild flag likes wet areas and does very well in a moist garden.

Bear in mind that the plant will spread considerably and benefits greatly from dividing every few years.

USDA zones 2-8. (Note--this plant is poisonous, especially the rhizome.)

For a short comparison of northwest native iris, click here.

              
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