Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana) SE

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Plant Description: forms large clumps by reproducing vegatatively through underground creeping rhizomes. Individual plants have a few branches, stems are reddish in color sprouting evergreen leaves that are long and folded in half from the base lengthwise. Flower stems are branched with one to several flowers that are large and showy. Iris douglasiana has pale cream to light, dark lavender or deep reddish purple flowers that bloom from March to May. Fruit is an elongated capsule, triangular in cross section.

  • Height: 1-3 ft
  • Width: 2-4 ft
  • Watering needs: Moderate
  • Sun needs: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil needs: Moist, well-draining soil with high organic matter. Tolerates some drought and seasonal flooding.
  • Bloom Time: March-May

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: found along the Pacific Coast in Oregon south to Santa Barbara, California.  Usually growing at low elevations in coastal meadows, and grassy open hillsides, mixed evergreen forest as well as bluffs.

It can be used for rock gardens, ground cover, borders, wetlands, ponds, and streams. Native irises are free flowering, most are long lived, require very little attention, and provide an abundance of seeds. Iris flowers attract insects and birds and provide nectar to hummingbirds.

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