Dwarf violet iris

Iris verna

''Iris verna'', commonly called dwarf violet iris, is a species of herbaceous plant in the iris family . It is native to the United States, where it is found primarily in the Southeast. It ranges from Maryland, down the eastern coast of the United States to Florida and west to Mississippi, and inland to Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio. Its natural habitat is in nutrient-poor acidic soils, in open to semi-shaded woodlands.
Dwarf Violet Iris (Iris verna var. smalliana) Tentative ID. Iris with uncrested sepals. Growing on a dry woodland (mostly pine) trail).
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Appearance

''Iris verna'' is a small herbaceous perennial. It forms colonies through its deeply-buried underground rhizomes. It blooms in spring and generally has light to deep blue or violet inflorescence, although rare white forms are known. The sepals have a golden yellow signal.

It can be distinguished from the similar-looking ''Iris cristata'' which occurs over much of its range by a number of characters. ''Iris verna'' lacks the crested ridges that are found on the sepals of ''Iris cristata'', and its flowers are strongly fragrant . In addition, the leaves of ''Iris verna'' are narrower and straighter than those of ''Iris cristata'', and it has rhizomes that are deeply buried .

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassMonocots
OrderAsparagales
FamilyIridaceae
GenusIris
SpeciesI. verna