Blue Flag Iris

Blue Flag ~ Iris versicolor
Irises are among the most popular garden perennials, and the wild irises--commonly called Blue Flag--are no less beautiful; even a touch more elegant, to my way of thinking, with their clean lines and lack of over-bred frills and beards.

In college painting, our first project was to do a color pencil drawing (or painting, by my professor's definition) of a flower, and I chose Blue Flag. I was quite proud of it at the time, having never pulled such colors out of color pencils before, or so smoothly; I still like that drawing, though I have improved significantly since then. These irises were done after significantly more practice with the medium, and they are among my favorite wildflower drawings.

Photos by Rachael Koppendrayer, June 27, 2017