A low Iris that is native to wet areas, mesic woods, and along streambanks, but will grow well in regular garden soil. The common name comes from the flowering stems that often do not hold the flowers above the foliage (only 5″ or so high). The “zig-zags”are often at 45 degree angles with the flowers. Flowers appear in June and are deep bluish-purple with yellow and white crested falls(the petals that hang downward). Short-lived flower. Great to use for stream and pond edges. Nice foliage in spring and fall (dormant in summer).
Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace
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