Only one iris is native to San Diego, I. missouriensis. The first batch lines the boggy lakeshore in Cuyamaca State Park across the street from Wally’s Lakeland Resort, the other two crawl over private property on the far side of Lake Cuyamaca.

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A Sword for Its Army and a Lily for Its Heart

San Diego's iris lovers, their ups and downs, and a visit to Cuyamaca to find our local native iris

Only one iris grows wild naturally in San Diego County. Called the Rocky Mountain Iris or Western Blue Flag, these simple wildflowers exist in small clusters here only in the chilly Cuyamaca Mountains


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