Purple Iris - Iris versicolor


    Medium to tall, tufted, rhizomatous plant - slightly branched. Leaves sword shaped, 8 to 25 mm wide, the lower ones often red tinged at the base, without a raised midrib. Flowers 2 to 9, lilac-purple, 70 to 90 mm, the base of the falls yellowish.

    Identification difficulty

    Lake shores and water margins.

    When to see it

    Flowers June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but infrequent as a wild flower in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon as a wild flower in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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