Purple Iris - whole plant
Purple Water Flag
May to July
It is cultivated in gardens throughout the country.
The naturalised escape is thinly scattered throughout the
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It is a neophyte, which has been grown in pond and marsh
gardens since the 1730s and known as a naturalised escape
since the 1890s.
It grows in freshwater habitats such as reed swamps and
beside streams, ponds and lakes.
It is increasing.
Purple Iris is a rhizomatous perennial herb, growing up to 100cm.
The flowers are pinkish-purple with central yellow patches.
Leaves are hairless and dark green.
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