• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fan-shaped foliage reaches 2 ft. tall and wide; flowers slightly taller.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Summer Flowers
    Blooms:
    Early Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:EYE-riss en-SA-tuh var-ee-GAY-tuh
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 10, 14 - 24
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Fan-shaped foliage reaches 2 ft. tall and wide; flowers slightly taller.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Early Summer
    Flower color:Blue
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasWater iris will grow well in water gardens or in low, soggy ground. Its variegated leaf is exceptionally beautiful and adds interest to otherwise solid green marginals and waterside plants. A great plant for backyard ponds or larger container water gardens.
    Companion PlantsSedge (Carex); Turtlehead (Chelone); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Spiderwort (Tradescantia); Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide organically rich, humusy, acidic, moisture retentive soil. Maintain evenly moist soil in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, tolerates soggy soils and standing water in growing season; reduce soil moisture in winter to prevent root rot. Remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

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