Upland Dwarf Iris
Iris verna - Linnaeus var. Smalliana Fernald ex M.E. Edwards
Liliaceae (Lily) Family

Plant is a small iris with large blue flowers; upright and smooth perennial with an underground stem from which new growth emerges. Preferred habitat is open woods, pine lands, roadside slopes and rocky areas. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem; long and slender; no teeth and no lobes.

Flowers are at the end of the stem, subtended by leaf-like bracts; symmetrical; bisexual; violet to bluish white; sepals are not crested. A yellowish band bordered by white, which is again bordered by purple. Flowers occur in early spring.

Fruit is a capsule.

Iris is the state flower of Tennessee. All wild iris are easily transplanted to the domestic garden.

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