April is the time of year to keep an eye out for flowering dwarf iris, also known as Iris verna, or dwarf violet iris, in the Croatan National Forest.
According to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, the flower only gets as tall as 6 inches, but its foliage can double the size after flowering. The fragrant native North Carolina perennial can be found in partly shady areas under the longleaf pines in the Southeastern coastal plain from Maryland to Florida.
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