What plant is this?

This plant grows as bush, 3-4ft in height and width. It has long pointy leaves and white/yellow flowers. It Blooms mostly during summer months. Located in northern California zone 9b

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  • Any chance to see picture of opened flower?
    – InitK
    Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 18:40
  • They have a few buds, i will add a picture afterl it blooms Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 18:43
  • looks vaguely like flag iris, but flowers will provide a much better clue and/or eliminate many possibilities.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 18:57
  • Can you also add your location please? Hopefully it will bloom soon so a definitive identification can be made. Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 21:17
  • FYI, this plant like its other cousins; daylily, calla lily, all irises, are very poisonous to cats. Unfortunately these plants ATTRACT cats to be eaten. If you have a cat, just keep an eye out. If your cat is an outdoor cat then it is vulnerable to your neighbor's lilies and irises and dogs and cars.
    – stormy
    Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 21:05

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I think this is a white/yellow Iris spuria - seeing an open flower would confirm, but the leaves, buds and seedpods fit with that plant. Iris spuria flowers a little later than Siberian Iris - link to image here, its the third image on the page http://www.junglekey.com/search.php?query=Iris+spuria&type=image&lang=en&region=us&img=1&adv=1

Sometimes commonly known as Butterfly Iris.

  • What a great site, Bamboo! It's a new one for me. Looking closer at the photo (more so the second one), it looks like the seed heads that form on Siberian irises so I agree that it's likely I. spuria.
    – Jude
    Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 2:51
  • @Jude - new to me too, I had googled 'Iris with white flowers', got Iris spuria (eventually) and then googled that to get a good image....
    – Bamboo
    Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 19:57
  • You search plants in a family like I do! I've been looking over junglekey.com - quite interesting. That's how I 'surf the net' looking over unfamiliar flora and fauna and reading about them. The natural world is endlessly fascinating, whether it's animate or inanimate.
    – Jude
    Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 20:03

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