My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“I'm a firm believer in getting students out of the classroom and into experiences in nature. If students get out of their element, in a new place that stimulates their senses, that's where the best learning happens.”
Natural Sciences Assistant Professor Nick Baer

175th Celebration

In 2012 the college celebrated 175 years as an institution of teaching and learning. Visit the 175th website for more information and to view photos of the events.

Blue Flag Iris Iris versicolor
Iris Iridaceae family

Leaves are long and narrow (1/2 - 1" wide), sheathing the stem. They resemble cattail leaves.



Flowers are 2-4" wide and usually blue or violet with some yellow markings. The 3 large, splayed purple parts on the outside are sepals, and the 3 inner, erect parts are the petals.



Form/Habitat:Blue flag iris is 2-3' tall, and common in wet marshes, meadows, and even some roadside ditches.

These pictures were taken on the edge of Susan's Wetland on the CSC campus.

Blue flag iris blooms May - July.

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