Anglepod Blue Flag
Iris hexagona var. savannanum

Liliaceae (Lily) Family

Anglepod Blue Flag is also known as Purple Iris, Israeli Iris, Dixie Iris, Savanna Iris and Prairie Iris.

Plants are upright, smooth perennials with a rhizome from which new growth emerges. Preferred habitat is marshy shores, swamps, ditches and moist pastures. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region. The Anglepod is a large, early-blooming iris.

The leaf blades are upward to 36" in length, and may have a yellowish-green tinge; alternate on the stem, mostly basal, consisting of one whole part, linear, sword-like and sharp pointed at the tip.

The flowers top bright green stems that zigzag slightly. It is not unusual for two or more flowers to appear in a cluster. Each flower is subtended by leaf-like bracts, are bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. Petals are shorter than the modified leaves (sepals). There will be 9 spreading, petal-like parts, 3 drooping sepals, 3 erect petals and 3 erect styles. The color is purple, with the sepals bearing a yellow hairy crest. Flowers occur in March and April.

Fruit is a hexagon-shaped capsule (thus the species name).

Some authorities consider Savanna Iris a variety of Anglepod Blue Flag, but others classify it as a stand-alone species. Warning: Some Iris species are known to be poisonous to humans and animals if eaten (especially the rhizome or root), and it is likely that all iris contain toxins. Plant juices can cause skin blisters.

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