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The irises bloom

We have nine Copper Iris plants in the butterfly garden. Each one can produce multiple flowers. Only one of the Copper Iris plants produced a single flower in 2019; it was destroyed in a rainstorm within 24 hours. 

Copper Iris flower

Copper Iris flower

Last Wednesday, the Copper Iris started blooming with a single flower. By Thursday, there were three flowers. By Sunday, there were more than two dozen flowers with more flower buds about to open!

Copper Iris plants

Iris leaves are long and blade-like, similar to grasses. Their stems are actually underground! 

Copper Iris is a plant species that relies on Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to move its pollen from flower to flower. In order to attract these avian pollinators, the plant gives hummingbirds nectar. In the next few weeks, if we are lucky, hummingbirds might visit our butterfly garden… keep your irises open!



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Oakhill Day School
Oakhill Day School
7019 N. Cherry Street Gladstone, MO 64118
Phone: 816.436.6228
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