Perfect for standing water, Iris fulva (Copper Iris), is a striking perennial with unusual, flat topped, beardless flowers, up to 3 in. across (7 cm), the warm color of copper, terra cotta, brick-red and sometimes yellow. Blooming in late spring to early summer, they rise atop upright stakes reaching 2-3 ft. (60-90 cm). The beauty of the flowers attracts hummingbirds. This Iris species forms foliage clumps of sword-shaped, arching, bright green leaves which arise from shallowly rooted, branching rhizomes and remain attractive through the growing season.
- Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
- Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 1-2 ft. wide (30-60 cm).
- Performs best in full sun in slightly acidic, moist to wet, humus-rich soils. Part shade is appreciated in hot summer areas. May be grown in up to 6 in. (15 cm) of standing water
- A welcomed addition to beds and borders with consistent moisture, near streams or ponds, where it will provide excellent color contrast.
- Attractive to hummingbirds, but ignored by deer!
- Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.
- Native to the US.