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Audubon® Copper Iris
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Not one to follow the crowd? Copper Iris isn’t, either. This intriguing Spirit offers a decidedly different color in wildflowers. When spring slips into summer, it hoists its odd but beautiful brick-red to rusty orange flowers in the air. They’re unlike anything you’ve seen! When they bloom, Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds will soon be over to compliment you on your purchase. They love to sip the sweet nectar of Copper Iris, and warring factions will fight over them. Ideal in a rain garden or at the edge of a pond or other water feature, but suitable for irrigated beds and borders as well.
May Benefit & Attract: Hummingbirds
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- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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A water- and heat-loving Spirit, Copper Iris has established itself most extensively in Louisiana, in the Mississippi River Valley. Its natural range then stretches up the Mississippi as far as southern Illinois, wherever it can find constantly moist soil. It will grow in up to six inches of standing water. Copper Iris is one of five species used in the breeding of the popular “Louisiana” Irises. These gorgeous Irises come in a rainbow of colors. Copper Iris adds the genes for its special orange-red color to the mix.
Although it’s primarily a plant of the Deep South, Copper Iris is surprisingly hardy, and it can survive winter temperatures to 20 below zero, at least. It can be grown as far north as southern Minnesota.
How to Grow
It should be clear by now that Copper Iris flourishes in wet soil! Plant it on the banks of a pond or stream for the biggest, most bountiful specimens. In a manmade water feature, it may be kept in a pot and positioned no more than six inches under the water’s surface. You can also grow Copper Iris in a regular garden border as long as it is irrigated during dry spells. Full sun is best. Plants may be divided in late summer, when they may go through a brief dormancy period. Growth resumes in fall.
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