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Neomarica

Iridaceae
Perennials, Flowers

Like iris, these perennials produce fans of lance-shaped leaves. Foliage arises from short rhizomes; leaves and flowering stems grow to about the same height. Flowers are intricate, with three large, rounded outer segments surrounding three smaller, curled segments that are banded in contrasting colors. Individual flowers last only a day, but others follow over an extended period.

Neomarica caerulea (photo courtesy of Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic)
Neomarica caerulea (photo courtesy of Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic)

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Neomarica caerulea

From Brazil. Grows to 5–5 1/2 ft. tall and 2–3 ft. wide, with stiffly erect leaves. As the plant grows, the lower leaves fan out to the side. Branching flower stems carry a succession of 3–4-in. blue blossoms, their centers intricately banded in yellow, white, and brown. Blooms in early summer. Offsets are produced at flowering points on the stems; they detach for additional plants.

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