I received a big division of this plant a couple of years ago from my gardening friend Michael, who was eager to share and get some room for new plants at the same time.
I'm thankful for his generosity, as these deep purple -- or are they dark, dark blue? -- blooms are some of my favorites. I like them better than bearded irises, maybe because they're not trying so hard. They're happy with being simpler, and I can appreciate that.
I planted a division by the pond this spring, which I think is a perfect spot for them. I'll be quiet now and let the plants do the talking:
These are fairly common, but although I have lots of less-seen plants in my garden I don't shy away from beautiful ones just because some of my neighbors may be growing them too.
And these sure are beautiful!