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Copper Flag

Unusual copper-colored blooms really stand out when planted with Southern Blue Flag.

Please note, due to limited availability, this species is only available in packets. There are 25 seeds per packet.


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(Iris fulva) commonly known as Copper Flag or Copper Iris, is a native perennial forb (wildflower). It typically grows 18″-24″ tall and prefers full sun to part shade. Copper flag likes wet conditions and does well in consistently moist to wet soils.

Wildlife notes

The flowers are cross-pollinated by the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird and bumblebees.  Also attractive to butterflies. This species also provides food for hummingbirds and insects, including moths.


Forage notes

Because both the foliage and rhizomes are toxic, mammalian herbivores usually leave Iris spp. alone.


Landscaping notes

Does well in raingardens.  It can actually grow in up to 6″ of standing water! This beautiful iris is worthy of cultivation in gardens. Copper Iris has masses of beautiful coppery-bronze flag-like flowers at the ends of the stems from mid to late spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its sword-like leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season.

Restoration notes

Swamps and bottomland forests, and along the edges of sloughs, ditches, canals, and ponds, often in shallow water. Does well in pond or stream margins.  It is often found growing and blooming in standing water in spring-flooded areas that typically dry up as the summer progresses. Declining in the wild due to draining of swamps, dredging operations, and herbicides applied to ditches.

Plants that favor similar conditions can be found in our Wet Meadow Mix.

Videos About Native Plants

Watch a video about our Wet Meadow Mix, which favors the same conditions as this species.

Additional information

Weight N/A

Full Sun to Part Shade

Seeding Rate

35 bulk lbs/acre


Moist, Wet


18" – 24"

Bloom Month

May, Jun



Specialty Uses

Hummingbird, Landscaping, Cut Flower

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What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.