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)
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 9, Wetland Indicator = FAC Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine: Information and Photos WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.