Douglas Iris, Iris douglasiana, is an iconic perennial wildflower here in The Sea Ranch. It grows in other places as well, of course, but not as many as you might think. It prefers the coastal regions of California and Southern Oregon and grows best in open woods, rocky outcrops, sunny hillsides, and open meadows. Because it spreads from a rhizome you will frequently find it in colonies that can be quite large. (Coastal cattle ranchers and dairy farmers do not think highly of it because it can choke out grass in their pastures and their cattle find it distasteful.)
Here in The Sea Ranch the vast majority of our Douglas Iris blooms will be slight variations on the blues and purples with white highlights, but in other places (and here on rare occasion) you will find other color combinations ranging from pure white to rust red, some with yellow highlights. Here on The Ranch, our Douglas Iris usually blooms from late March to June with up to three flowers on each individual stem.