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Variegated Japanese Water Iris

Iris ensata 'Variegata'

SKU
04401
The perfect plant in moist borders, at the edge of ponds or streams, or even in pots plunged halfway to the rim in water gardens. Variegated foliage will brighten any woodland or damp garden setting. The exquisite blooms emerge in early to midsummer; earlier in mildest regions. An herbaceous perennial.
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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
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist to wet.
Companion PlantsSedge (Carex); Turtlehead (Chelone); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Spiderwort (Tradescantia); Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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