Panther Island Adventures!

Panther Island is 2,800 acres of restored wetland and upland habitats situated in the northwest corner of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary's 13,000 acres. It is home to numerous plants and animals including the Florida panther and the iconic wood stork.
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Plant of the Week March 21: Southern Blue Flag Iris (Iris virginica)

As spring approaches, I eagerly anticipate seeing one of my favorite flowers blooming. Southern blue flag iris brings a brilliant flash of color to the landscape. this lovely native is a perennial that grows from rhizomes (rhizomes are a horizontal, underground, modified stem).

This plant is typically found growing in wet areas like wet prairies, marshes, swamps, stream and lake edges and even wet ditches. It is found throughout the southeastern states. Its' fruit is a capsule that can get up to 2.25 inches long!

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