Douglas Iris

Douglas Iris_2406

When visiting Point Reyes National Seashore I often encounter this common wildflower of the coastal and central regions of Northern and Central California.

Douglas Iris_2674

The Douglas Iris was first described by 19th century botanist David Douglas Scottish who traveled through the American Northwest collecting a variety of plants. He also has the Douglas Fir named after him.

Douglas Iris_0934

In Spring, large clumps of iris with flowers ranging from cream to deep purple bloom in grasslands along the coast, and in the deep shade of coastal forests.

douglas iris_3940

The flowers are intricately patterned with nectar guidelines for potential pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.

douglas iris_3938

The Douglas Iris’ sword-shaped leaves overlap and can reach over one foot long, rising from underground stems called rhizomes.

Douglas Iris_012

“Back in the day,” Native Americans in California extracted a single fiber from each leaf margin and used it to create strong silky fibers for fishing nets, rope and snares for catching game.

Third Eye Herp

Comments are closed.