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Iris fulva - Copper Iris (photo credit: Missouri Botanical Garden)

Perennials

Iris fulva

Copper Iris

Iris fulva is commonly called Copper Iris because of the unusual copper color of its flowers. It is a beardless, crestless iris that is native to bald cypress swamps, sloughs, ponds, ditches and swampy woodland areas mainly in the southeastern corner of the State. Blooms appear in late spring and are reportedly pollinated by hummingbirds. The leaves are bright green and sword shaped and remain attractive all season long.

Additional:

Iris fulva is a Missouri native on the MSD Stormwater BMP Native plant list and used in Bioretention & Organic Filters-Formal, Wet Pond and Wedland applications.

Copper Iris Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Best grown in fertile, slightly acidic, consistently moist to wet soils in full sun. Tolerates part shade, does well in wet clay soils. Grow in containers in water gardens.

Height:

24-36 Inches

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Spread:

12-24 Inches

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Hardiness Zone:

5 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Iris fulva

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Wet
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Fall
Spring
Attributes
Mass Planting
Native
Bog
Border or Bed
Cut Flower
Great Companion Plants for Iris fulva
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Blue Cardinal Flower Blue Cardinal Flower (Lobelia siphilitica )
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