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Iris fernaldii

Botanical Name: Iris fernaldii (added by D. Kramb, 09-NOV-03)

Botanical Synonyms:



Pacific Coast Native, Californicae (D. Kramb, 09-NOV-03)

Common Names:

Fernald's Iris (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Chromosome Count:

2n=40 according to the SIGNA Checklist of Iris Species (D. Kramb, 18-SEP-04)

General Description:

8"-18" (20-45cm) tall, with creamy yellow flowers (D. Kramb, 09-NOV-03)

Rich to pale yellow, cream or white petals with a yellow signal spot and pale darker yellow venation. (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Distinguishing Features:

Long floral tube, 1 to 3 inches. Top of tube funnel-shaped, petals joined above bowl in a kind of throat before separating. Spathes broad, enclose ovary and most of tube. Plants with individual stems. Bases of stems, leaves and spathes often show a red wine color tint. (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Preferred Habitat:

Moderately to mostly shaded woodlands, usually in loose, duff-covered soil. (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)


Estimated Zone 9-10 (D. Kramb, 09-NOV-03)

Native Range:

USA (CA) (D. Kramb, 09-NOV-03)

Central California Coastal Ranges; 50 to 2,000 feet elevation. (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Status in the Wild:


Commercial Availability:


Sources Cited:

Most information entered on 05-JAN-04 comes from the Pacific Coast Native Iris club website. (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

Additional Comments:

Http://www.pacificcoastiris.org/ (D. Kramb, 05-JAN-04)

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