Iris in Florida ?

iris hexagona from carol copy
Dixie iris is one common name for Iris hexagona, an iris of southern wetlands shown above in a photograph taken in north Florida sent by Carol Thomas from the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory. This iris sometimes is used in littoral plantings on retention ponds and does grow ‘wild’ in wetland areas in the western part of our county, including near Blue Cypress Lake, where it flowered in late March of this year …
This beautiful native iris is a wonderful choice for a moist, freshwater area, but do be aware that its blooming period is brief. It is not found at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, where the wetlands tend to be brackish.

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