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 Oregon Iris.

 

iris flower

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

iris plants

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

iris seed pod

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

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Plant Details

Habitat:
Upland Prairie and Savanna
Riparian Forests
Bottomland Forests
Mixed Hardwood-Conifer Forest or Woodland
meadows, pastures
Mature Height:
1-2’
Shade Preference:
Full Sun,
Soil Tolerance:
Dry soils
Special Uses:
Attracts insects, bees, and butterflies; Ornamental; Deer resistant