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Louisiana irises are still in the wild, and with effort and luck they can be found and enjoyed.  Often they are not readily accessible and may be on private property. 

Fortunately, in South Louisiana there are nature preserves and other public sites where the irises grow in abundance and where they are accessible on boardwalks and trails.  It is an incredible treat to seem them blooming in masses in late March and April. There also are managed but naturalistic settings as well as public gardens where the species and their hybrids grow. 

GNOIS has sponsored projects to plant irises at some of these sites. In that case, we put a link to information about the work done.

Click on any image or label below for information on the site. We hope to be comprehensive, but no doubt there will be new additions. Some are currently under construction.

Big Branch
Big Branch Iris Bloom
Jean Lafitte
Jean Lafitte
Jean Lafitte Park
Northlake a
Northlake label
Bayou Sauvage
Bayou Sauvage
Bayou Sauvage GCs
Palmetto Island nelsonii
Palmetto Island boardwalk
palmetto island
Black Swamp white GCs
black swamp
Black Swamp
wetland trace boardwalk moss canal
foliage one iris
mountain laurel




For a general overview of the Louisiana iris species, see the Zydeco Louisiana Iris Garden species pagesĀ 

Society for Louisiana Irises, The Louisiana Iris:  The Taming of a Native American Wildflower, 2nd ed., Timber Press, 2000, Chapter 1, "History of Louisiana Irises"