Perfect for standing water, Iris laevigata 'Variegata', commonly known as Water Iris, is fabulous looking with its display of rich, blue-purple flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm), with broad pendent falls exhibiting a white central ridge and slightly narrower, upright standards. On display from late spring to early summer, this Iris may repeat bloom in fall. The beauty of the flowers is equalled by the boldly striped foliage, consisting of sturdy clumps of upright green, narrow and fairly rigid, blade-shaped leaves, heavily striped with creamy-white. Keeping its color, it is also one of the most attractive garden features of this Iris.

  • Graceful and vigorous, this strong performer is easy to grow and low maintenance!
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
  • Most spectacular when planted in large groupings where it develops a bouquet effect and rises up to 30 in. (75 cm). Clumps will spread steadily over time.
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade, in acidic, moist to wet, humus-rich soils. For maximum flower production, provide full sun exposure and a site with 2-8 in. of water over its soil (5-20 cm). Tolerates some lime.
  • A welcomed addition to beds, borders, cottage gardens, city gardens, near streams or ponds, where it will provide excellent color contrast.
  • Cut back after flowering.
  • Attractive to hummingbirds, but ignored by deer!
  • Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.