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Summer solace: Blueflags in bloom

A bumblebee hovers over a northern harlequin blueflag iris in a pond Monday, June 25, along the Paul Bunyan Trail near Merrifield. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

A bumblebee hovered over a northern harlequin blueflag iris in a pond Monday, June 25, along the Paul Bunyan Trail near Merrifield.

There are two varieties of blueflag iris in Minnesota, with the Minneapolis-St. Paul area being the dividing area, according to Minnesota Wildflowers, a nonprofit information source. The southern variety is lighter blue with a yellow dot on the throat.

The perennial wildflower grows on the edges of streams and ponds and blooms from May to August. From a photographer's perspective, the flower is hard to photograph without getting wet feet.