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Japanese Iris Caprician Butterfly

Pristine white blooms are heavily streaked with purple, with a golden glow in the center. The foliage forms a pretty clump and the flowers are perfect in bouquets. (Iris ensata)

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Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Size: 24-36" tall, 18-30" wide
Light: Full Sun
Bloom Time: Early to mid summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Common Name Japanese Iris
Botanical Name Iris ensata
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
Flower Size 8 inch flowers
Mature Height 24-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-30" wide
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Planting Season Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Cut Flowers
Ships to Canada No
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Caprician Butterfly is a stunner with pristine white blooms heavily streaked with purple, plus the accent of a golden glow in the center. This one demonstrates why this group is sometimes called the Butterfly Irises.

The beautiful and easy-to-grow Japanese Irises: Though they're sometimes overshadowed by the larger Bearded Irises, many gardeners think the Japanese types are the most beautiful. First, lets dispel the confusion that surrounds this group:

Kaempferi, Butterfly, or Japanese? Even this groups name is confused. Once they were known as Kaempferi Irises, today many call them The Butterfly Irises, but the correct common name is simply Japanese Iris. This group are cultivars of the species Iris ensata, cultivated in Japan for over 500 years, and once restricted to enjoyment by royalty only.

No, they're not water dwellers. Many people think Japanese Irises are for growing in the water in ponds, but they are not. They require about the same conditions as Ferns, Astilbes or Impatiens--just moist ground, which most all gardeners can easily provide.

The Flowers: As you can see by the photos, these iris blooms are quite different from the tall stand-up flowers of the big Bearded Irises. The standards (the top layer of petals) stand up tall on the Bearded Irises, and the falls (the lower layer of petals) droop elegantly. With Japanese Irises, both sets of petals are more flat, forming a simpler, flatter--and many think more beautiful--flower.

Growing Japanese Irises: Unlike the big bearded iris, which are planted in late summer, Japanese types are usually planted in spring. (They are some of the most popular Beardless irises, along with the Siberians and Louisianas.) They form large lavish clumps and are highly decorative, blooming in late summer. They're also great for cutting. They definitely deserve a place in your garden.

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Caprician BUtterfly in dream


from MA

Comments about Japanese Iris Caprician Butterfly:

I bought Japanese Iris Caprican butterfly from American Meadows in April, 2010. Two months later when the Ires began to bloom, I found out they were not Caprican butterfly. I contacted American Meadows immediately, they promised to send me the right one next year and they did. the new plants didn't bloom that year and did in the second year, to my great disappointment they were wrong again.
American Meadows has very good packing and delievery sevice, the roots I received were very well labeled, I only can think they don't know they actually don't have Caprican butterfly. Am I the only one who got it wrong?

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Would Order Again


from near Madison, WI

Comments about Japanese Iris Caprician Butterfly:

Like all newly planted iris this has not bloomed this year. It is a healthy vigorous plant and I look forward to many years of wonderful blossoms.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Healthy bare-root plants


from Orono, Maine

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  • Grew well when planted
  • Healthy
  • Hope for blooms next year
  • Well marked and packed


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  • Sunny moist spot

Comments about Japanese Iris Caprician Butterfly:

I planted the Japanese irises in a moist and sunny spot, bordering my new mood garden at the river's edge. The bare-root plants arrived in excellent condition and grew well after I planted them. I look forward to seeing blooms next summer!

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Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Details’ tab describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our Shipping Information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or Contact Us by email.

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