Etymology: Iris: named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow
Plants: erect, perennial, semi-aquatic, 2'-3' tall forb; stems usually shorter than the leaves; roots densely crowded rhizomes
Leaves: narrow, stiff, erect, sword-like
Flowers: yellow, 6-parted, 4" wide, petals much shorter than the sepals; blooms May-June
Habitat: wet; shallows, shores
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Introduced - rarely escaped; potentially invasive
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = OBL WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin invasive species including decription, habitats, control methods USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions