Yellow Iris, Levee Road
Yellow Iris are an invasive species, but they fly their spring flags so brightly they are a delight to see every year. I wonder how they got here originally, some pioneer woman wanting a bit of beauty, a Chinese herbalist for some cure, or maybe some fauna was responsible? Whatever their origin, they now populate riparian riverbanks, and earthen levees along the Delta’s 1,000 miles of waterways.
According to PlantRight, Iris pseudacorus is a fast-growing and rapidly-spreading invasive plant that can out-compete other wetland plants, forming almost impenetrable thickets. It grows to 5 feet tall and has yellow, showy flowers. It often blooms from mid-spring to summer and its leaves remain green all year when there are mild winters.
Like me, most people don’t realize they are invasive, so enjoy them, but don’t transport or propagate them. ‘Yellow Iris, Levee Road’, plein air, 6×8″, oil on canvas panel, available.
Joanna Jeronimo has been an award-winning painter for over 30 years. While living on Maui, her work was represented by Wyland International Galleries, among others. She was the Art Reviewer for the Maui News, an art teacher, contest judge, and a recipient of the prestigious Telly Award for creating the PBS documentary “ArtScapes: The Power of Culture and Art”. She is also a National Chicken Cook-Off Champion and home is now the Delta where she paints, inspired daily to create new art and healthy food. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or to see her work: https://www.facebook.com/