Our Native Irises: Pacific Coast Irises
Iris innominata: Del Norte County Iris
Del Norte County Iris is endemic to extreme southwestern Oregon and adjacent Del Norte County in extreme northwestern California.
Iris innominata flowers display a myriad of colors, golden yellow, light cream, apricot, orange, light pink, and purple. The sepals are moderately upright and then arching downward with prominent colored veins. The petals are upright and slightly spreading, shorter and narrower than the sepals, similar in coloration. The inflorescence generally has only one flower rarely two. The flowering stalk is shorter than the attending leaves. The leaves are dark green and glossy, upright, slightly reflexed, and with purple-red spots near the base, from branching rhizomes with fibrous roots. The overall plant appears as short, compact tufts.
Iris innominata is found growing in woodlands or conifer forests in open areas that are slightly shaded and in sunny meadows.