Iris missouriensis

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Scientific Name Iris missouriensis USDA PLANTS Symbol IRMI
Common Name Rocky Mountain Iris, Wild Iris ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 43221
Family Iridaceae (Iris) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (5200 to 11000 ft.); moist areas in meadows, along ditches, stream banks, and aspen groves.
Plant: Erect perennial growing in large patches, stout fleshy stem 8 to 24 inches tall.
Leaves: Long, linear basal leaves, sword-like, flexible, 8 to 12 inches long.
Inflorescence: Large flowers up to 4 inches across with 3 reflexed (bending downward) blue-purple sepals with white and yellow/orange streaks, 3 erect petals and 3 petal-like pistils.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel.
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