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Iris domestica

Family: Iridaceae


Synonym: Belamcanda chinensis

Native to: Central Asia, China, India, Japan


Type: perennial

Forms: erect, tufted

Max height: 3 feet

Max width: 1 foot


orange, secondary color present




Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, specific butterfly species

Exposure: part shade, sun

Propagates by: seed

flowers in summer

Soil types: loam, sandy

USDA Zones: zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f, zone 10 to +30 f

Temp. range: +10 to +40 °F

Water: regular

There are 389 species of Iris, a member of the Iridaceae family. They are also called FLAG, FLEUR-DE-LIS, or SWORD LILY.

Iris domestica, or LEOPARD LILY, is a perennial commonly found in cultivation. It grows to 3' tall by 1' wide in sun or part shade in Zones 8-10, and prefers regular watering. It's orange flowers bloom in summer.

Carterocephalus palaemon, Artic Skipper, will feed on Iris.

Swallowtails and the Monarch will also come to Iris to feed:
Battus philenor, Pipevine Swallowtail
Battus polydamas, Polydamas Swallowtail
Danaus plexippus, Monarch
Papilio cresphontes, Giant Swallowtail
Papilio eurymedon, Pale Swallowtail
Papilio multicaudata, Two-tailed Swallowtail
Papilio rutulus, Western Tiger Swallowtail