Our Native Irises: Pacific Coast Irises
Iris fernaldii: Fernald’s Iris
Fernald’s iris occurs in the central California coastal ranges.
Iris fernaldii flowers range from creamy white or a rich to pale yellow, rarely light lavender. The sepals are moderately upright and then arching downward with darker yellow prominent veins and a yellow signal. The petals are upright and slightly spreading, shorter and narrower than the sepals, similar in coloration. The inflorescence has one or two flowers. The flowering stalk is shorter than the attending leaves. The leaves are dark grayish green, basal with an intensely red colored base, and upright to slightly flexing, from branching rhizomes with fibrous roots, occurring as dense, compact clumps.
Iris fernaldii is found growing in shady woodlands.