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Iris virginica

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Southern blue flag iris
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Water Garden, Wildflowers
Comment:

Has a pronounced midrid in center of leaf; may be left in standing water year round

Description:
Perennial herbs from a rhizome or bulb; leaves strap-like, overlapping at base, oriented in one plane; flowers 1-several at the top of a naked stem, 6-parted with 3 outer, spreading or pendent "falls" and 3 inner, erect "standards", variously colored; fruit a capsule.
Season:
Late spring to early summer
Height:
1-2 ft.
Foliage:
Bright green leaves
Flower:
Blue-violet sepals curve downward; bright yellow base; standards are same size as falls
Site:
Marshes, banks of slow moving water
Poison Part:
Rhizomes (thickened roots) and rootstocks, fresh or dry.
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion, dermatitis.
Symptoms:
Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, elevated temperature following ingestion; skin irritation upon contact with seeds, rootstock, or cell sap.
Toxic Principle:
Irisin, iridin, or irisine.
Severity:
CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION MINOR, OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.
Found in:
Houseplant or interiorscape; forest or natural area in native woodlands, marshes, and shallow water; landscape in flower gardens
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
riparian, obligate-wetland

NCCES plant id: 2351

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