Friday, May 29, 2009

Iris prismatica in the Fern Valley Bog

Another rainy spring has kept this bog and its residents happy thus far. Iris prismatica is a plesant small plant. Native in bogs and marshes all along the east coast, it's an easy one to identify. I perennially forget the distinction between the other native wetland species, Iris virginica and Iris versicolor, but the narrow leaves of this one are a giveaway. The lush Sphagnum and the menacing Cranberry in the back may have to be controlled to protect these other associated bog species.

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