Japanese Irises: Lesson in Color Range and Pattern

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Japanese Irises

By pardalinum
April 14, 2013

The cultivation of Iris ensata was first noted in literature more than five hundred years ago in Japan. Native to eastern China, Siberia, Korea, and throughout Japan, they are found growing in damp areas near streams, ponds, lakes, and marshes. The selective breeding of the species that commenced in the 1800s produced the foundation of the modern Japanese iris. Colors and color patterns have been greatly enhanced over the years.

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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Apr 14, 2013 1:18 AM CST
Can't be too old to learn something new and see something new (close up) unless you 'click on it' !!
Learned a few things and terms I didn't know an hour ago about a flower I've never paid much attention to. But, the pictures and descriptions got my attention. Whistling Thanks for sharing, Connie!
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Name: Rick R.
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Apr 14, 2013 8:17 AM CST
And well deserved kudos from me, also.

It is clear and concise entries like this that battles the constant and confusing pseudo-facts that pervade the internet. I was especially impressed when you thought to differentiate speckling from sanding.

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Name: Lynn
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Apr 14, 2013 8:47 AM CST
All I knew before reading this article was Iris ensata. That was it.
Nothing about the history or descriptive terms. I really enjoyed ready your article Connie. Thank you for the things you taught me, and the great photos.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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Apr 14, 2013 8:53 AM CST
Very nicely done and the pictures are beautiful. I learned some terms about irises and will pay more attention to mine when they bloom this year. I don't know the names of any of them, but they smell wonderful. Just bought my first Japanese irises two years ago and love them.
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Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
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Apr 14, 2013 1:49 PM CST
wonderful article. Thank you.
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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Apr 14, 2013 7:28 PM CST
Thank you everyone for your nice comments! I enjoyed writing the article and imparting some knowledge about this iris species.

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