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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Iris ensata Accepted
Iris kaempferi Synonym

Also sold as:
Iris ensata 'Variegata'

Data specific to Irises (Edit)
Hybridizer: Bauer-Coble
Year Of Registration: 1989
Year Of Introduction (May Differ From Registry): 1989
Classification: Japanese (Ensata)
Registered Height: 35.5 inches (90 cm)
Bloom Season: Early Mid
Bloom Color Classification: Violet
Bloom Color Description: Dark red violet
Style Arm Color: Dark violet
Foliage: Variegated
Awards: Honorable Mention: 1992

General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: showy variegated
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: wine-red
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Parentage: Sport of I. ensata var. spontanea - plant from Japan through A. Hazzard.

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Location: Elizabeth Park, Hartford, Connecticut, USADate: 2018-06-17
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Bloom day 1
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Location: Elizabeth Park, Hartford, Connecticut, USADate: 2018-06-17
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Location: Elizabeth Park, Hartford, Connecticut, USADate: 2018-06-17
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Location: Elizabeth Park, Hartford, Connecticut, USADate: 2018-06-17
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Location: Elizabeth Park, Hartford, Connecticut, USADate: 2018-06-17
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Location: z5 MA, my gardenDate: 2011-06-17Bloom Day 2
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Location: z6a MA, My GardenDate: 2012-06-071st JI bloom 2012. Blue highlights and veining more visible under
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Location: JI garden at old pine stumpDate: 2009-0628Garden setting
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Photo Courtesy of Shikoku Garden Inc.
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Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UKDate: 2020-10-17
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Date: 2012-05-29
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Location: JI garden at old pine stumpDate: 2009-0624
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Location: JI garden at old pine stumpDate: 2009-0620
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Location: JI garden at old pine stumpDate: 2009-0602
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Location: JI garden at old pine stumpDate: 2012-0428The leaves show more variegation (to me) in April than in June.
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Location: JI garden at old pine stumpDate: 2009-0628
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Location: JI garden at old pine stumpDate: 2009-0628
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015 06-13
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2015-06-15
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Date: 2018-06-24
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eclayne On June 20, 2015 Bloomed
eclayne On June 24, 2014 Bloomed
KelliW On October 4, 2018 Obtained plant
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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How many varieties of iris do you grow? by TBMan Sep 10, 2020 6:59 AM 98
ID of Iris? by csandt Jun 24, 2018 3:39 AM 20
It started in Illinois! by crowrita1 Jul 18, 2018 4:05 AM 215
New intros at Ensata Garden by frankrichards16 Apr 28, 2018 5:07 AM 13
The quest for answers... NOIDS 2017 by Henhouse Jun 21, 2017 8:19 AM 95
Japanese iris by vanozzi Oct 23, 2018 1:08 PM 469
Preparing a Japanese iris bed by Lestv May 6, 2014 10:03 AM 2
Bloom is busting out all over............. by Paul2032 Jul 2, 2014 2:04 PM 671
Show us your Japanese iris pics! by bluegrassmom Jul 17, 2013 5:09 PM 166
Japanese Iris are starting by ge1836 Sep 10, 2012 10:11 AM 161
Iris Recommendations by clintbrown May 27, 2012 3:53 PM 11
Database, Japanese Iris by eclayne Feb 12, 2012 7:21 PM 3

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