Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Copper Iris, Red Iris

Copper Iris, Red Iris 

Iris fulva

Full to part sun, wet to medium moisture level, adapted to most soils except rocky, moderately acid to alkaline pH.  3-5 ft. height, blooms in spring, coppery red flowers, spreads by rhizomes at a moderate rate.

Germination Code:  ?

Native Region:  Coastal Plain Province of West Tennessee

Designated a “Threatened Species” in Tennessee.  Showy flowers with some color variation ranging from lighter to darker red. Naturally occurs in wet swampy soil but will tolerate ordinary garden soil as long as it is consistently moist.  Can be grown in pots in a water garden or along water’s edge of a pond. Pollinated by hummingbirds and bumblebees.


One response to “Copper Iris, Red Iris

  1. Nan Fitzgerald January 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    I love this Iris variety for its color and small size. I am hoping to get some to take hold in my yard and multiply over the years!

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