Purple Iris - Iris versicolor

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    Lake shores and water margins.

    When to see it

    Flowers June to August.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    Map key:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records:

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015

    UK Map