Iris ensata

Japanese Iris, Iris kaempferi

One of the most spectacular of all Irises, their 5- to 9-inch-wide flowers bloom in purple, pink, white and blue, often marked with a contrasting color. The 2- to 3-foot-tall stems each produce 3 to 15 single, double or peony-like flowers in early to mid-summer. Will not tolerate hot, dry climates. Thrive with lots of moisture and rich, organic soil. Ideal in groups near ponds or in pots submerged in water. Plant divisions in spring. Feed heavily with high nitrogen during growing season for maximum-sized blooms. Divide and replant every 3 to 4 years.
Iris ensata, Japanese Iris, Iris kaempferi
A traditional waterside plant for Japanese gardens.

Attributes - Iris ensata

Plant Type: Perennial

Bloom Season: Early Summer through Early Fall

Flower Color: Blue, Lavender, Pink, Purple, White

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 2 ft. to 3 ft.

Width: 1 ft. 6 in.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Notes: Thrives in Hot Climates, Wet Soil. Container Plants, Cut Flowers, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Caterpillars, Thrips.

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