Oregon Iris (Iris tenax)

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"Ooh, look at that fancy purple flower!"

- Some bee or hummingbird, probably

Oregon Iris has some of the best-liked flowers in our area, particularly by humans, but also by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds! Like other Irises, it has deep, three-petaled flowers, which are a deep purple.

It is usually found in sunny, moist sites that dry out a bit in the summer - such as meadows, hillsides, and roadside ditches. It does well in gardens, and slowly forms a small clump with long, pointed grasslike leaves.

Oregon Iris can take a bit of shade, although like many other plants, it will produce more blooms in sunshine.

Photo Credit: By ALAN SCHMIERER - https://www.flickr.com/photos/sloalan/5897598323/, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57051814

Photo Credit: By Jebousek J, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - http://www.public-domain-image.com/public-domain-images-pictures-free-stock-photos/flora-plants-public-domain-images-pictures/flowers-public-domain-images-pictures/iris-pictures/baldtop-iris-and-buttercup-cover-a-prairie-hillside.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24895673

Perennial (multiple years)
Full sun to part shade
Moist, can dry out in summer
Up to two feet, grows slowly
Large, deep purple trumpets
Bloom Period:
Early spring to early summer
Long, wide grassy leaves
Native Range:
Southwest Washington through northwest California
Typical Habitat:
Moist meadows, hillsides, prairies