Douglas Iris

27 Feb

Douglas Iris, (Iris douglasiana), 1-2 ft., evergreen, cream to purple flowers in spring, full sun to shade, deer resistant, likes some summer water.

Native to California and Oregon, usually within the coastal climate zone, and usually under 300 ft. elevation. Flower colors run from purple, blue, chocolate mauve, and lavender to cream, with fine contrasting or yellow tracery. Plants form spreading clumps, often just 8 or 10 in. tall, but as high as 3 ft. Leaves dark green, to 1 in. wide; 1 to 9 flowers per branched stem. This is a beautiful and easy California native that grows great in the Bay Area! Highly recommended.

 

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