Iris giganticaerulea
(Giant Blue Iris)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Giant Blue Iris
    Synonyms: Iris alticristata, Iris aurilinea, Iris citricristata, Iris elephantina, Iris fluviatilis, Iris miraculosa, Iris paludicola, Iris parvicaerulea, Iris rivularis, Iris venulosa, Iris wherryana
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 5 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: February - May
    Status: Native

Iris giganticaerulea, or Giant Blue Iris, is native only to Louisiana and two other counties, one in Mississippi and one in Alabama. It grows in ditches, streambanks, marshes and swamps, often in standing water. It blooms in early to mid spring with very large purple flowers.

This species is one of the largest of the Irises. It can be distinguished by its size, and by its range, as it lives in the wild only in a very small area.

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