New Mexico Wildflowers: Iris Family

(Iridaceae)

 

Flowers are organized alphabetically by genus and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.


 Rocky Mountain Iris (Iris missouriensis)

To learn about a tiny patch of domestic irises in the Sandia Mountain Wilderness, click here.

 

Pale Yellow Iris (Iris pseudacorus)

Pale Yellow Iris is an exotic wetland plant and in many places is considered an invasive species. It has become widespread along the Rio Grande in the Albuquerque area. This patch is on an irrigation drainage ditch at one edge of the Bosque. I didn't catch it in bloom, so I'll include a clip from an image in Wikipedia (by Muriel Bendel). The young fruit reminds me of green chiles.