Blue Flag Iris
An elegant little wild flower that really stands out in its natural environment. Its’ colour is so vibrant and it is an early spring greeter. Irises in general are one of Colleen’s favourite flowers to paint.
This delicate, slender plant is native to North America and Eastern Canada. It grows along shorelines, rivers, lakes and ponds. It attracts bees, butterflies and birds and gives shelter to frogs and other lakeside critters. It also helps with land erosion.
Development of marshy wetlands is cutting into its natural habitat. Predators such as rabbits, moles and insects also deplete this species. Other invasive plants often choke out the blue flag iris. Check with local nurseries and plant a few native species. Avoid picking and trampling on it.
Encaustic (beeswax and oil paint on hardboard)