Published on March 31, 2012 by Amy
Charming blue flowers float above sword-shaped leaves in spring. Use this beautiful but tough plant to edge a shady garden or path. It is also an effective, slow moving ground cover that provides tremendous shelter for small animals.
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Grow in sun or light shade in dry to moderately moist well-drained soil. If grown in full sun, the soil must be consistently moist. Can be planted on well-drained slopes making a great ground cover.
Rich wooded slopes and floodplains; Maryland to Oklahoma south to Georgia.
Plants in the iris family have tight-knit root systems that hold soil in place, especially on erosion-prone slopes.