blue flag iris

noun

variants or blue flag
plural blue flag irises or blue flags
: any of several irises of the U.S. and Canada that have pale blue to deep violet flowers and that typically grow in moist habitats
Besides the wild blue flag iris …, there are many other varieties that can be grown in your garden.Keith Fuller
especially : either of two common irises (Iris versicolor and I. virginica) chiefly of the eastern and central U.S. that are sometimes grown for their ornamental flowers
A true water-lover, the blue flag (Iris versicolor) produces beardless blue flowers in May and June. … Plant this attractive native iris at the edge of ponds or in moist soil. Sue Kittek

Word History

First Known Use

1732, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blue flag iris was in 1732

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“Blue flag iris.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blue%20flag%20iris. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

blue flag iris

noun
variants or blue flag
1
: either of two common blue-flowered irises (Iris versicolor and I. virginica) of the eastern and central United States with rhizomes formerly used medicinally as a cathartic and emetic
2
or blue flag root : the dried rhizome of a blue flag iris
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