Ed Golson Outdoor Education

dwarf lake iris

Scientific Name : Iris lacustris

Description:  This is a threatened flower of Michigan.  Although only standing 3 inches from the ground, when in full bloom these beauties are hard to miss.  The flowers of this plant have deep blue almost purple petals with some yellow crests rising from the center.  There are three main petals of this flower that bloom in May and are gone by June.  Identification can still be done by the leaves this plant produces in the pattern of a fan.

Habitat:  This species is very specific to the Great Lakes shores.  These flowers grow on and near the shoreline.

Why are they threatened?  Unfortunately for this plant construction sites and other human disturbance of the shoreline have caused a limited habitat for this plant.  Since it only grows near the Great Lakes it has a smaller chance to survive.

Back to Previous Page