Variegated Japanese Water Iris

Iris ensata 'Variegata'

Narrow, lance-shaped green foliage edged with creamy-white. Leaves have a prominent raised midrib. Large, blue purple blooms top 36-inch unbranched stems, usually the last of the Iris to bloom. Choice item for boggy conditions. Herbaceous perennial. Full to partial sun. Foliage clumps to 12 to 24 inches tall, spread indefinite. Division.
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4 - 8

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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.

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Botanical PronunciationEYE-riss en-SA-tuh var-ee-GAY-tuh
Average Size at MaturityFan-shaped foliage reaches 2 ft. tall and wide; flowers slightly taller.
Bloom TimeEarly Summer
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorBlue
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Very Wet Areas, Water Garden, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Wet Soils
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain wet or evenly moist soil - weekly or more.
Key FeatureShowy Summer Flowers

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.

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