Our Native Irises: Louisiana Irises
Iris fulva: Copper Iris
The copper iris occurs from southern Illinois, southeast Missouri and Kentucky south to Louisiana and east to Georgia.
Iris fulva has a copper-red to brick red, and sometimes a yellow flower. The sepals are widely spreading and arching downward. The signal is a faint yellow and basal. The petals are spreading and pendulous, smaller than the sepals. The inflorescence is one- to two-flowered. The bright green leaves are basally arching, arising from shallowly rooted, narrow, compact, and branching rhizomes that can form large clumps.
Iris fulva is commonly found growing in alluvial soils in swamps and wet meadows.