Iris fulva Ker Gawl. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Iris. It was first documented by John Bellenden Ker Gawler in Botanical Magazine in 1812.
When I moved to the mansion in Mississippi I noticed a patch of Iris growing in the backyard. It was in December 2008 when I first noticed them but they didn’t flower until March 2009. I had no idea what species they were until I started doing research for the blog (The Mystical Mansion and Garden in 2009, which has been deleted).
The leaves are typical for most Iris that have rhizomes in that they have long, narrow blade-like leaves. A man named Dykes noticed when held up to the light the leaves have black dots, similar to leaves of water Irises. Another interesting thing I noticed is that some of the leaves have this weird zig-zag appearance, like folding a piece of paper then opening it up a little.
NATIVE: Central and the southern United States.
ZONES: USDA zones 5-9
LIGHT: Full sun to part shade
WATER: Medium to wet. Can grow in up to 6” of standing water
FLOWERS: Coppery-red flowers May-June
Even though there are so many beautiful Iris, the Iris fulva is one of my favorite. Maybe because they are so neat!
They aren’t just a southern species! Even though they may be a species of Louisiana Iris, as some say, the Plants Database map from the USDA show they are found in limited areas in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia, and Ohio.
Apparently, not all their flowers are copper-red. Sometimes yellow or bi-colored flowers show up.
The Iris fulva didn’t do well during the summer of 2018. Hopefully, 2019 will be better.
Well, some of the Iris fulva made it through the winter. They seem to be decreasing in number… Hopefully, they will flower in 2019.
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