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PlantFiles: Japanese Water Iris, Japanese Flag, Russian Iris
Iris ensata 'Variegata'

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Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Species: ensata (en-SA-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata

Synonym:Iris kaempferi

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Class:
Japanese (JA)

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 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
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Blue-Violet
Purple

Bloom Time:
Late Midseason (MLa)

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Variegated

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Terry On Jan 29, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I'm tempted to give away all my plain yellow and purple water iris, and start over with the variegated types - they have so much more interesting foliage when they're not in bloom (which is the majority of the time!)

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Dracut, Massachusetts
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Southold, New York
Canby, Oregon
Okatie, South Carolina
Mc Lean, Virginia



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