Iris ensata 'Lion King'

Common Name: Japanese Iris

Absolutely extraordinary!  Nothing less could describe the incredible show this Japanese Iris puts on in early summer. Planted in ideal moist conditions in our trial garden, these majestic plants grew to a tall, stately height of 4 feet and was in full bloom in mid-June (early summer) here in Michigan.  

The gigantic 7-8 inch flowers were fully double, with standards and falls much larger than the species.  Each petal displays a wide, grape purple edge that feathers into the pure white center.  A small sunshine yellow signal is tucked down into the base of each widely ruffled petal. 

This is absolutely a must-have for every perennial garden!
   

Unlike the Tall Bearded Iris, the beardless Japanese Iris has a flat bloom, narrower leaves, and smaller, more compact rhizomes. They have the largest flowers of all irises, and make wonderful spring accents for the edge of water gardens.  Japanese irises are the latest to bloom, about a month after the Siberian irises.

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