Iris fulva Ker-Gawl (Copper iris)
Photo by Rodney Barton
A direct scans of I. fulva. (Click on image for a largerview.)
Photos by Rodney Barton
Photo by Colin Rigby.
Photo by Dennis Kramb.
I. fulva "Marvell Gold". Photo by Dennis Kramb.
I. fulva "Bayou Bandit". Photo by RAB.
A mass planting of I. fulva at the Dallas Aboretum. Photo by ZonnieCross.
Habitat: Moist areas in wetlands and along bayous.
Bloom: Mid April in Zone 7/8.
- Flowers: d10 cm, drooping (pendant), typically orange-red
viened darker also yellow and violet
- Stem: h 50-90 cm, erect, nearly straight, flowers in axils
- Leaves: h 45-80 cm, w 1.5-2.5, drooping tips
- Rhizome: w 2 cm, greenish, bare, 12 cm annual growth
- Capsule/Seeds: w 2.75, l 5 cm, green at maturity /
- 2n = 42
- Sun: Full but will tolerate some shade, afternoon shade in
- Soil type: Neutral to acid, lots of humus
- Soil moisture: Moist but not wet. Mulch to retain moistureand
protect rhizomes from sun burn.
- Feeding: Heavy feeder, feed at onset of growth in fall andspring.
- Hardiness: hardy
- Seed germination: Plant seeds before they are allowed dry.
- Transplant: Easy in fall or spring after bloom
- Comments: Generally easy. Will grow in "border garden" conditions
with additional water. Grows well for me in NC Texas eventhough the soil
isa bit alkaline. Color forms other than typical are harder (for me).
Distribution of I. fulva:
Green indicates the persence of I. fulva within the state.
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Last modified 5/18/01.