Iris ensata 'Variegata' Japanese Iris



Iris ensata 'Variegata' has striking, green and cream, vertically variegated leaf blades and large violet purple blooms. A hardy perennial, Iris ensata 'Variegata' blooms in early midsummer. This cultivar is worth growing for the foliage alone.

Iris ensata 'Variegata' prefers sun and moist to wet soil during the growing season. Also known as Japanese Iris, Iris ensata thrives in standing water (up to 6” deep) in summer. However, in winter it is intolerant of both standing water and boggy soils where the rhizomes may rot.


  • Common Names: Japanese Iris
  • Zones: 4-8
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Moist
  • Height at Maturity: 30
  • Width at Maturity: 24
  • Bloom Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Foliage Color: Variegated

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies.
  • Tolerates: Deer. Rabbits. Clay Soil.
  • Other Features: Cut Flower.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

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Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

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