Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina

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  • Product Info

    Copper Iris (Iris fulva)
    Iris Family

    The copper color of this iris is unique and striking in the landscape. The 2-3” flowers are open just a few days, but are a hummingbird magnet. Plants prefer consistently moist or wet soils, but can handle small periods of drought when established. They can easily be grown in a container to meet high moisture needs. Foliage declines throughout the summer, but fresh green leaves emerge for fall and winter interest. Works well with moisture loving sedges and grasses, Spiderworts, Great Blue Lobelia, & Virginia Meadow-beauty.

    Blooms: Copper,  2-3 weeks, Apr-May
    Leaves: 1-3’ long fan-like clusters of blade leaves are evergreen in our region
    Height: 2-3’
    Space: 18-24”
    Soil: Moist-Wet, mucky
    Exposure:  Full sun-Part sun
    Fauna: Hummingbirds, bumblebees, moth host plant
    Seeds: 2-3” long ovoid capsules are stacked with large, corky seeds
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 5-9
    Native Status: southern MS river valley
    Provenance: Unknown, asexually reproduced