Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens

Iris ensata Variegata (Japanese Iris)

This perennial features small flowers with a yellow eye on rich dark purple petals with ruffled edges on tall slender stalks with narrow, sword-shaped green and white variegated leaves that retain their colouring throughout the season. Fast growth rate.

Blooms late spring-early summer
2-3 ft tall x 1-2 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Salt tolerant


Zone Zone 4
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Moisture Moderate to Consistent Moisture