Iris versicolor ‘Purple Flame’

(Variegated Blue Flag Iris)

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Hardiness Zones:

 3a  3b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

How about an iris with fabulous foliage? In March and April the new upright leaves of Iris versicolor ‘Purple Flame’ emerge a breathtaking dark, eggplant purple. The purple slowly fades to green by early summer. Large purple-blue flowers then take over the show. Grows in average, moist, or wet soils.


Grow in medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. This iris may be grown in up to 2-4″ of shallow standing water (muddy bottom or containers), or in moist shoreline soils or in constantly moist humusy soils of a border. Propagate by division after bloom. Wear gloves when dividing the rhizomes. After fall frost, plant leaves may be trimmed back to about 1″ above the crown. Will naturalize to form colonies in the wild.

Additional information

Common Name

Variegated Blue Flag Iris

Botanical Name

Iris versicolor ‘Purple Flame’


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part shade, Part-sun, Sun


2 to 3'


2 to 3'

Soil Condition

Wet Soils

Water Needs

Average to wet

Blooming Period

mid to late spring

Flower Color




Foliage Color

Emerges purple, matures green

Deer Resistant


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