Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2101

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in GA)

Look for it in longleaf pine sandhills, dry, rocky forests and woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Partially evergreen
Simple

FLOWER:
Spring
Lavender/Violet
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3 sepals
3 petals
3 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Iris verna var. verna   FAMILY Iridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Iris verna var. verna   FAMILY Iridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 046-05-007a:
Iris verna var. verna   FAMILY Iridaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Coastal Plain Dwarf Iris, Sandhill Iris


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image of Iris verna var. verna

Mark A. Musselman    mam_dwarf_iris040908

April    Dorchester County    SC

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

Leaves 3-8mm wide, partially evergreen, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Iris verna var. verna

Mark A. Musselman    mam_dwarfiris040908a

April    Dorchester County    SC

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

Petals lavender to violet, 2-7cm long, 1-2cm wide, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Iris verna var. verna

Mark A. Musselman    mam_dwarfiris040908b

April    Dorchester County    SC

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

Flowers are very fragrant, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Iris verna var. verna

Mark A. Musselman    mam_dwarfiris040908c

April    Dorchester County    SC

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

image of Iris verna var. verna

Rob Hunnings    rlh_sandhilliris20130414a

April    Brunswick County    NC

Green Swamp

Sepals bluish to violet with yellow or orange band in center, not crested, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Iris verna var. verna

Rob Hunnings    rlh_sandhilliris20130414b

April    Brunswick County    NC

Green Swamp

Bluish to violet flowers seemingly arise directly from the ground, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.