Iris tenax

Toughleaf iris

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Shade
Drainage: Medium
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 1' X 1'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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This little iris is endemic (i.e. found there and nowhere else) to the far northwestern part of California. In typical iris fashion, it grows in an expanding clump of strap-like leaves. The lavender to white flowers are rather large for this little iris. Toughleaf iris prefers soil of medium drainage, a fairly shady setting and little summer water. Plant it in the foreground of a shady bed with plants that won’t overwhelm it.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen