Keep your eyes peeled: Now is the time to catch Louisiana irises blooming in swamps, bogs and roadside ditches.
At one time, vast expanses of Louisiana irises bloomed in the state's swamps and marshes, but development, herbicides, hurricanes and saltwater intrusion into marshes has decimated the fields.
“A whole generation in southeast Louisiana has never seen the springtime bloom of wild irises,” said Gary Salathe, founder of the Louisiana Iris Conservation Initiative.
With other volunteers, Salathe formed the nonprofit Louisiana Iris Conservation Initiative to rescue wild Louisiana irises and replant them in new spots.
Read the full article by Louisiana Master Naturalist Colette Dean in the Advocate...