Plant Family / Iris Ensata - Japanese Irises
Native to Japan, Japanese Irises (Iris ensata) are among the most elegant and breathtaking Irises. More refined and less conspicuous than the Tall Bearded Irises, these Beardless Irises enjoy huge orchid-like flowers that are a delight to gaze at. Usually ruffled and flat in form, they rise on erect, sturdy stems atop a dense clump of sword-shaped, linear green leaves, up to 24 in. long (60 cm), with prominent midribs. They have been cultivated in Japan for over 500 years and are referred to as Hanashobu in Japan.
A show-stopper, Japanese Iris 'Agripinella' (Iris ensata) produces large, 8 in. across (20 cm), gently ruffled, double, rose-pink flowers with a luminous central white blotch delicately spreading out into the petals and bright golden-yellow throats.
A stunning Japanese Iris, 'Queen's Tiara' (Iris ensata) is remarkably pretty with its large, 6 in. across (15 cm), perfectly formed, crepe-like, white flowers with delicate light purple veins that perfectly match the short, upright, royal-purple standards.