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Iris munzii

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Species Name: Iris munzii
Common Name: Munz's Iris

Munz's iris has a pale lavender flower. Color can vary, being lighter or darker, and having purple to blue veins and yellow signals. Excellent for dry shade, especially under oaks. Prefers good drainage.

Plant Family: Iridaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1-2' H x 1-2' W
Growth Habit: Clumping, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Part shade to shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Lavender
Endangered?: List 1B.2
Distribution: Southern Sierra Nevada Foothills (Tule River, Tulare Co.)
Natural Habitat: Partly shaded slopes; 1500-2400'

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  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.
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