Copper Iris

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Not your typical Iris, the unique native flowering perennial, Copper Iris (Iris fulva) features showy coppery red to orange petals! Not only is the color unique, but the open drooping petals and spreading sepals really set this Iris apart from the rest! Each petal has a dab of gold, and the hue of these flowers can vary slightly because of their native diversity, but we guarantee each will be stunning!

Your bouquets and visiting pollinators will adore them nonetheless! These amazing blooms stand tall atop slender stems and rise over the clumps of sword-like green leaves. Waving like coppery wands for all to see, 2-3 feet in height and spreading 1-2 feet wide.

Like landing pads for beneficial insects and butterflies, even an odd Hummingbird may arrive to sip the nectar, these slightly fragrant flowers are short lived, but there are multiple buds per stem. Profusely flowering for about 3 - 4 weeks throughout April to June. Native Copper Iris are hardy and adaptable native herbaceous flowering perennials that can be found throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9.

Planting and Application:

This beautiful southern US native Iris is a resident of wet and swampy areas, ponds, along streams and moist woodlands. But they can be grown in moist wildflower gardens, sunny pollinator borders, and around water features in your more urban properties. Ideal for Rain Gardens, and where the gutters drain, these water-loving perennial Iris even love partial to dappled shade gardens and understories!

Native Iris plants and their distinctly flat-topped flowers are lovely in cut flower gardens, so plant extra plants to fill your bouquets with uniquely hued focal points yet still have plenty for garden visitors outdoors. Plant in pollinator borders, by the HVAC unit drain, or in the moist mixed perennial and Cottage Garden where all can benefit from the nectar and pollen resource.

  • Varying Coppery Red to Orange Flat-Topped Flowers
  • Hardy, Adaptable Wetland Native Wildflower
  • Sword-Like Green Leaves & Upright Clumps
  • Slightly Fragrant Blossoms
  • Great Pollinator Resource & Cut Flower
  • Moist Landscapes, Water Features & Rain Gardens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Copper Iris is very easy to grow and planting Iris is too! Plant in a full sun location in the cooler regions of their favored growing zones and in planting sites that are high moisture. In warmer areas and drier sites, choose a partial shade to afternoon shade location. Any well-drained rich soil works great and Iris appreciates a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist mulch to keep moisture in better and enrich the soil. Iris rhizomes tend to be close to the surface, so mulch helps protect their crowns from freezes. Deadhead flowers as soon as they fade, and cut back the leaves to the ground after frost kills the tops back in the autumn.

  • Full Sun to Dappled/Partial/Afternoon Shade
  • High to Average Moisture Needs - Native Wetland Plant
  • Any Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Deadhead After Bloom & Prune Back After Frost
  • Deer Don’t Favor This Perennial!

Choose native perennial plants like the Copper Iris from Nature Hills and support wildlife and pollinators in your area! Order today and create native habitat you know will thrive!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Copper Iris Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Iris fulva
Type Perennial
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 1 - 2 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to High
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Coppery Russet
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes