Iris ensata

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  • Common Name: Japanese Water Iris
  • Plant Story:

    A rhizomatous perennial, Iris ensata features huge orchid-like flowers in blue, lavender, violet, pink, and white in early to mid-summer with sword-like green leaves. Cultivars come in single, double, or peony-like flower forms.

  • Type: Perennial Herbaceous
  • Bloom Season: Summer
  • Flower Color: Lavender,Purple,Pink,White,Blue
  • Planting Zone: 4-9
  • Height: 2-4 ft
  • Spread: 1.5-2 ft
  • Light Requirements:Part Shade
  • Suggested Uses: Water garden or Japanese gardens
  • Leaf: Green sword-like foliage
  • Edible: NO
  • Attracts to:
  • Plant Deer Resistant:Yes
  • Plant Potential Pests:Root rot and thrips
  • Form: Not available
  • Special Care Instructions:

    Plant rhizomes in fall or spring. Intolerant of standing water during the winter.


Japanese Water Iris - Additional Photos