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Our Native Irises
Our Native Irises: Pacific Coast Irises
Iris bracteata: Siskiyou Iris
The Siskiyou iris occurs from northwestern California into southwestern Oregon in the Siskiyou mountains.
Range map of Iris bracteata in California. Courtesy of the USDA PLANTS Database.
Range map of Iris bracteata in Oregon. Courtesy of the USDA PLANTS Database.
Iris bracteata has large golden yellow or creamy white flowers. The sepals are widely spreading and arching downward with prominent purple to reddish-brown veins. The signal is deeper yellow. The petals are the same color as the sepals but with lighter colored veins, and are upright, longer, and narrower than the sepals. The inflorescence has one to two flowers, the flowering stalk shorter than the attending leaves. The leaves are dark green on one side and yellowish-green on the other. They are upright, slightly reflexed, basal with a pink to red base, from branching rhizomes with few roots, and occur in small, compact clumps.
A creamy white color form of Iris bracteata with prominent pale purple veins and a bright yellow signal patch that guide pollinators into the flower. Photo © Ferrel, courtesy Society for Pacific Coast Native Iris.
Iris bracteata is found growing in sunny to shady areas in dry pine forests or in sunny in meadow openings.
Iris bracteata. Photo by John McRae, U.S. Forest Service.
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