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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, high

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: neutral, alkaline, rich

Height: 2'-3'

Bloom Time: March, April, May, June

Bloom Color: yellow, orange, red, copper

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8

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

Iris fulva

Also known as:

copper iris

,

red iris

Scientific Synonyms:

Iris ecristata

Description

This lovely iris gets its common name for its yellowy-orange copper hue. The spreading petals droop down from a flat top, conspicuously exposing the stamens, giving this Iris fulva unique visual characteristics.

Cultivation

This southern iris is found in swampy woods and is perfectly adapted for pond edges and around water features. It can thrive in light shade to full sun, so long as it is not allowed to dry out (an exception among irises to the "no wet feet" rule). Colonizes by rhizomes. Can bloom from March to June. Zones 6-8

Propagation

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

Additional Notes

Ideal around water features. Will attract hummingbirds and bees.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, MO, MS, OH, TN, TX

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: KY
  • Threatened: TN

Classification

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