An iris, growing from a rhizome, with bladelike leaves and coppery or reddish flowers. Blooms April through June. Flowers have 3 sepals and 3 petals, and all 6 are orange, copper-colored, or reddish-brown. The 3 petal-like sepals spread widely or arch downward and have 1–3 prominent veins. Sepals often have a lighter, yellow area near the base but lack a “beard” of hairs there. The 3 petals are somewhat narrower than the sepals and are erect or spreading and declining with the sepals. Leaves are bladelike, arching or nodding, and emerge from the rhizome and occur along the flower stems.