Iridaceae
Iris tenax

Toughleaf Iris

Erect flower stems shorter than grass-like leaves. Leaves bright green with red to pink base, deciduous, to 14 inches tall in tight cluster. Flowers usually blue to deep purple, sometimes white to cream. Flowers 1 or occasionally 2 per stem, perianth tube from flower to ovary only 1/4 in., 1 or 2 clasping leaves protect the buds. The tough leaf fiber has been used for nets, snares and ropes.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 8--14 inches
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, Meadow
  • Found In: Olympic NP
  • Native: Yes