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Iris setosa - Pall.
                 
Common Name Beachhead Iris, Canada beachhead iris, Wild flag
Family Iridaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards Many plants in this genus are thought to be poisonous if ingested, so caution is advised[65]. The roots are especially likely to be toxic[238]. Plants can cause skin irritations and allergies in some people[238].
Habitats Wet peaty meadows, riversides and open woods, sometimes also in brackish bogs[187].
Range Northwestern N. America, coastal regions of E. Asia to Japan.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: Blue, Purple. Main Bloom Time: Late spring. Form: Upright or erect.

Iris setosa Beachhead Iris, Canada beachhead iris, Wild flag


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Iris setosa Beachhead Iris, Canada beachhead iris, Wild flag
   
Physical Characteristics
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Iris setosa is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in June, and the seeds ripen in August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in saline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Bog Garden;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses: Coffee.

Root - yields an edible starch[2, 105, 177, 183]. Caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity. Roasted and ground seed is a coffee substitute[46, 61, 183, 257].
Medicinal Uses


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Laxative.

A decoction of the root is used as a laxative[257].
Other Uses
Dye.

A dye is obtained from the petals, but the colour is not specified[257].
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Container, Massing, Specimen. Prefers a well-drained moist soil[79] but succeeds in most soils[42]. Dislikes lime and dry soils[42, 79]. The form from N. Hokkaido does not require an acid soil[187]. Cultivated for its edible root in Japan[2]. Many named forms have been selected for their ornamental value[187]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, North American native, Naturalizing, All or parts of this plant are poisonous, Suitable for cut flowers.
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed should be sown as early in the year as possible in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first year. Plant out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Division, best done in September after flowering. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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