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Dwarf Iris (Iris verna) can be found along the Parkway in semi-shaded woodlands and areas with low nutrient soil. It’s light to deep blue, sometimes violet colored, petals can typically be seen in March and April. The leaves can stay evergreen in warmer climates, and the plant tends to grow together in clumps instead of spreading out.
This perennial plant is also known as dwarf violet iris, slender blue flag, and violet iris.
The Dwarf Iris has a history of medicinal uses although the same components of the plant have proven to cause toxicity in larger quantities. Native Americans used the root of the plant to make a laxative tea, and a compound for sores. The root has also been used to treat ulcers, and can be taken for the liver.