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Gracieuse Japanese Iris

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The elegant blooms of 'Gracieuse' Japanese Iris call to mind prized orchids as they float gracefully on tall stems. Blooming from early to mid-summer, flowers have white petals that darken to an ethereal purple-blue at the edges, with delicate yellow brushstrokes at the center. Plant this beauty near water features where soil stays consistently moist, and delight in the luminous blooms and graceful foliage. All season, arching leaves form an attractive backdrop for neighboring plants. (Iris ensata)
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Botanical Name
Iris ensata Gracieuse
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Cut Flowers, Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
32-36" tall
Bloom Time
Early to mid summer


Highly prized for the refined beauty of its blooms, 'Gracieuse' Japanese Iris brings a strong vertical element with its sword-shaped leaves and long-stemmed blooms. Unlike their Bearded Iris cousins that require well-drained soil, Japanese Irises prefer soil that stays consistently moist and thrive near ponds and other water features where there is moist soil. Although related to native North American irises, this species is native to Asia and is highly prized in Japan where it has been cultivated for hundreds of years. Japanese Irises are some of the most popular Irises, and are usually planted in spring. They form large lavish clumps and are highly decorative, blooming in late summer. They are a good selection for cut flowers.