Japanese Iris Center of Interest

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A large, showy Japanese Iris with 8” violet-colored blooms are brushed with white and yellow, making Center of Interest a must-have in any garden. Like other Japanese Irises, this variety is deer-resistant and prefers full sun. (Iris ensata)
Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Deer Resistant
Good For Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size32-35" tall , 24-28" wide
Bloom TimeEarly to mid summer
SizeBag of 1
SKUAM014965

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
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Plant Information

The beautiful and easy-to-grow Japanese Irises: Though theyre 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, theyre 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. Theyre also great for cutting. They definitely deserve a place in your garden.

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SKUAM014965
Item Package Size
Bag of 1
Common Name
Japanese Iris
Botanical Name
Iris ensata
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Blue, Purple
Mature Height
32-35" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
24-28" 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
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Advantages
Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Good For Cut Flowers
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Item Unit
Root
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