Etymology: Iris: named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow
Plants: erect, perennial, 2"-3" tall forb, mostly with no stem
Leaves: arching, greater than 1/3" wide, linear
Flowers: blue, 6-parted, 2" wide, mostly stalkless; blooms May-June
Habitat: woods often under white cedar, Lake Michigan shores; in limy, gravelly soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Threatened (Federally Threatened)