Etymology: Iris: named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow
Plants: perennial, to 3' tall forb; stems stout
Leaves: sword-shaped, hairless
Flowers: purple, 3" wide, bearded
Habitat: disturbed areas
Conservation Status: Introduced - rarely escaped
Flora of North America: Flora of North America USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"