Iris macrosiphon Torr.
Bowltube iris, Ground Iris
Iridaceae (Iris Family)
Synonym(s): Iris amabilis, Iris californica
USDA Symbol: IRMA
Large, deep golden yellow, cream, pale lavender, or deep blue-purple flowers, usually with distinct veins, on short stalks among sword-shaped leaves.
The range in coloration may be partly due to hybridization with other native species, which is common among western irises.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May
Native Distribution: California in northern Coast Ranges and foothills of Sierra Nevada.
Native Habitat: Grassy or open, wooded slopes.
BenefitUse Other: Fiber in young leaves used for cordage by indigenous peoples.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
BibliographyBibref 1218 - Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources (2006) Anderson, M. Kat
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Iris macrosiphon in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Iris macrosiphon in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Iris macrosiphon
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff