Japanese Water Iris, Japanese Flag, Russian Iris
Iris ensata 'Chitose Hime'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Species: ensata (en-SA-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Chitose Hime
Hybridized by Ishiyama
Registered or introduced: 1993
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Class:

Japanese (JA)

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Purple

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Awards (if applicable):

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On May 25, 2013, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I'm giving this a neutral because it may have been the location and/or climate, though I tried it in several areas. Very beautiful, but never thrived and eventually died.

Positive

On Feb 13, 2008, daredevil from Niagara Falls, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Registered by Ishiyama in 1993, this cute mid season bloomer has dark violet standards and styles with bright violet falls sporting a darker halo and yellow signal.