August 17, 2017

Water Baby

Iris ensata 'Gingham Geisha' - Japanese iris

Janine Pineo Photo | Iris ensata ‘Gingham Geisha’ – Japanese iris

Iris ensata is the Japanese water iris, a perennial hardy to Zone 4 that thrives in standing water in the growing season. It will not, however, tolerate wet feet in the winter and thus needs to either be grown in pots that can be submerged in summer and moved to dry ground in fall and winter. As long as it receives adequate moisture, the rhizomes can be planted in the garden in a moist spot, with either full sun or partial shade. Pictured is ‘Gingham Geisha,’ a hybrid from 2004, that can reach nearly 4 feet in height. The sword-like foliage is topped by the exquisitely detailed blooms, veined with purple. This plant was in bloom in July at Rogers Farm in Stillwater.

Iris ensata 'Gingham Geisha' - Japanese iris

Janine Pineo Photo | Iris ensata ‘Gingham Geisha’ – Japanese iris