Iris fulva
(Copper Iris)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Copper Iris
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 5 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - July
    Status: Native

Iris fulva, or Copper Iris, is native to the south-central United States, primarily near the banks of the Mississippi. It grows in ditches, streambanks, marshes and swamps, often in standing water. It blooms in late spring and early summer, with very unusual flowers for an Iris - they are copper colored, and can be described as orange, brown or red.

This species is very easily distinguished from other irises because it is the only species that is copper colored. There is only one other species that comes close, and that is Iris x nelsonii, which is a hybrid, and not an actual native wild species; it also has copper flowers but is limited in range to a single swamp in Louisiana.

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