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Oregon Iris | Iris tenax

Showy perennial plant that grows up to 1.5′ tall with long narrow grass-like leaves that are pinkish-red at the base and light green above. Flowers range from pale purple to white to creamy yellow. Natives used leaves for rope making. Also called Toughleaf Iris.

Plant Details

HabitatsUpland Prairie and Savanna, Riparian Forests, Bottomland Forests, Mixed Hardwood-Conifer Forest or Woodland
Habitat Notesmeadows, pastures
Mature Height1-2’
Shade Preferencefull sun
Soil ToleranceDry soils
Special UsesAttracts insects, bees, and butterflies; Ornamental; Deer resistant