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Iris hexagona (Dixie iris)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Iris hexagona

Iris hexagona Walter

Dixie iris

Iridaceae (Iris Family)


USDA Symbol: irhe2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A member of the iris family (family Iridaceae) which consists of herbs growing from rhizomes, bulbs, or corms, with narrow basal leaves and showy clusters at the tips of long stalks. There are about 60 genera and 1,500 species, distributed in temperate and tropical regions. Among them, Iris, Freesia, Gladiolus, Bugle Lily, and Montbretia are popular ornamentals. Saffron dye is obtained from Crocus, and essence of violets, used in perfumes, is extracted from the rhizomes of Iris.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Violet
Bloom Time: Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Rarely white.


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MO , MS , SC , TX

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: Moderate

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: OBL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Iris hexagona in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Iris hexagona in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Iris hexagona


Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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