Water Iris Versicolor

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Sometimes pond owners feel a little limited by the plants they can buy that will thrive in their wet environments. Especially when you are looking for natives to restore wetlands and ponds! There are lots of leafy options or grassy options or mossy options, but the palette is pretty limited to greens and grays.

If you feel that way then you need to check out the swamp-loving, free-flowering, easy-care native Water Iris Versicolor (Iris versicolor)! These hard to find ornamental plants don't mind wet feet and bloom continually from late spring to mid summer. Another bonus that native plants come with, they attract pollinators! Sit back and take in the beautiful butterflies that will wander through your garden on the hunt for nectar.

The flowers are striking jeweled shades of purples and lavenders with ticks of yellow and white. They are often called Blue Flag because they wave in the wind on top of long, strong, wand-like stems with upright green sword-like foliage.

Even when not in bloom, the grassy, strap-like leaves are handsome reflecting in the water of your pond or fountain. Being a native herbaceous perennial, you know that it is hardy and will reward you for years to come. Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 9, Iris grows by underground rhizomes that politely spread to form tidy clumps.

Planting and Application:

Water Iris are an easy-care and strikingly beautiful addition to any water garden as they are in average landscape conditions! But Water Iris are especially happy when they have wet feet! So plant them where these natives can ramble through the marshy areas, along riverbanks and streams, the Rain Garden, or where the HVAC unit and gutters drain.

Mix and match this impressive native with its close cousin, the Purple Flame Iris, or other water garden plants for pretty watery hues all growing season long! These lovely natives handle a wide range of conditions and weather, blooming reliably year after year in the sun!

Pollinator, mixed perennial and cut flower gardens too are great locations for these natives, just be sure to provide some extra water! Drifts and en masse plantings of blossoms politely ramble along, forming tidy borders in Cottage gardens or long rows along your foundation.

  • Beautiful Multi-Colored Flags & Falls
  • Upright Stems & Sword-Like Foliage
  • Blooms for Many Months
  • Wonderful in Pollinator Gardens & Cut Flowers
  • Stunning Water Feature & Rain Gardens, Great for Wetlands & Garden Accents

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This native perennial likes full sun best along with wet, borderline soggy, soils. If you don't have a water feature in your yard, consider planting in areas too wet for other garden staples. Water Iris will thrive even in average moisture conditions and well-drained gardens too! Any sunny site in average garden conditions needs a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist mulch chips to help hold in moisture better.

Deadhead and remove flowering stems when done blooming, and in fall cut plant foliage down to a few inches to clean them up before winter. Every 3-5 years, it's recommended you divide your clumps to maintain their vigor and remove any old rhizomes.

  • Full Sun Easy-Care Perennials
  • Moderate to High Moisture Needs
  • Well-Drained Enriched Soil That Won't Become Stagnant
  • Deadhead After Bloom & Prune Late Fall/Winter
  • Hardy & Carefree Once Established

Add color to your pond landscaping this year. Add some Water Iris Versicolor today from Nature Hills! You'll boost native wildflowers that support local ecosystems and wildlife in your area!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Water Iris Versicolor Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Iris versicolor
Type Perennial
Mature Height 2 1/2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Tolerates Wet Soil
Moisture Moderate to High
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Mixed Blue, Purple, Yellow & White
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant No