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Copper Iris

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The showy hues of distinctive Copper Iris flowers include shades of dark apricot, brick red, and bronze. Each flower features six drooping petals that emerge from a tall, slender stalk over a fan of swordlike foliage. This native Iris species thrives in swamps, marshes, and wet meadows, beautifully suitable for rain gardens. This resilient wildflower thrives in clay soils, and can tolerate 6 inches of standing water as well as short periods of drought.
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Botanical Name
Iris fulva
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Attracts Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Naturalizes, Rain Gardens
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height
24-36" tall
Bloom Time
Spring to early summer


The Copper Iris (Iris fulva) is native from southern Illinois and Missouri south to Mississippi and Louisiana, and along the coast to Georgia. Its natural home is along streams, riverbanks, and freshwater marshes, most commonly found in the MIssissippi River Valley, and it’s an excellent addition to gardens that see an abundance of rain or frequent watering.

The Copper Iris colonizes by rhizomes, so thin them out if they spread too vigorously. This Iris grows best with at least 6 hours of sun each day, and attracts hummingbirds and bees to your yard. If the leaves don’t get too wet or too dry, they’ll likely stick around through winter. Cut and pair these Irises with purple and blue varieties for a brilliant floral display.

Copper Iris, Iris fulva