Iris ensata 'Variegata' has striking, green and cream variegated leaf blades and large purple blooms. Also referred to as Japanese Iris, this cultivar is worth growing for the foliage alone. Iris ensata 'Variegata' is attractive to butterflies, deer resistant and can tolerate clay soil. During the growing season, it thrives in standing water (up to 6” deep). However in winter, it is intolerant of both standing water and boggy soils where rhizomes may rot.