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Iris fulva

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Bulbs

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, loam, clay, sand

Height: 2'-3'

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: yellow, orange, red, copper

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts hummingbirds, clumping, colonizing, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, stream margin plant, wetland plant

Iris fulva (copper iris)
  • Iris fulva (copper iris)
  • Iris fulva (copper iris)
  • Iris fulva (copper iris)
  • Iris fulva (copper iris)

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Iris fulva

Also known as:

copper iris


red iris

Scientific Synonyms:

Iris ecristata


Iris fulva is a splendid species with large, orange and copper-toned flowers. Although individual flowers are short-lived, it blooms profusely from mid-spring to early summer. Plants can grow up to 3' tall, under ideal conditions, with attractive semi-evergreen foliage.


Copper iris is found in swampy woods and is perfectly adapted for pond edges and around water features. It can withstand extended periods submerged in up to 6" of water. It can thrive in light shade to full sun, so long as it is not allowed to dry out. It is easy to grow under more typical garden conditions if provided with consistent moisture. It will readily form dense colonies via its rhizomatous tuberous root system. Zones 5-9


Best propagated by root division, but may be propagated from seed.

Additional Notes

Ideal around water features. Will attract hummingbirds and bees and is higly deer resistant.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: KY
  • Threatened: TN


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Iridaceae Iris family
Genus Iris iris
Species Iris fulva copper iris