Iridaceae (Iris) Family
Copper-colored Iris is also known as Red Iris.
The plants are upright, smooth perennial from rhizomes. The preferred habitat is marshes, stream banks, wet ditches and swamps. Unlike Mississippi, Louisiana and eastern Texas, distribution in the delta regions of Alabama is occasional.
The leaves are alternate on the stem and usually basal. Each consists of one whole part, linear in form, no teeth and no lobes.
The flowers are at the tip of tall stems, subtended by leaf-like bracts. Each flower is symmetrical in form and bisexual in nature. The color is copper, red, or orange petals often drooping. The sepals are spreading. Flowers occur in the spring.
Fruit is a capsule.