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Aquatic Nursery

Iris ensata & hybrids (Japanese Iris or Hanashobu)

Although not true aquatics, the Iris ensata (a species from Japan) are moisture loving irises. They flourish in ponds inundated with water during the growing months (spring and summer), but will die if left waterlogged during a freezing cold winter. Remove the irises from the pond in winter if the pond is likely to freeze. Only submerged half depth of the pot into water. This would allow the plant roots to get easy access to water when needed. For best results, use fresh potting medium each time they are repotted. These irises will thrive in acidic soil. They will flower during the first month of summer and will go completely dormant during winter. The large flowers are one of the reasons they are used in landscaped gardens. Approximate growth is 1m to 1.5m in height under ideal conditions. Dispatch from June to August only.

Planting instructions is available for download here. Don't forget to include fertiliser tablets in your plantings.


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Iris ensata

Iris ensata (Japanese Iris)
The species plant with attractive dark reddish-violet flowers and contrasting green leaves. Great for colour impact in landscaped Japanese gardens.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Anytus'

Iris ensata 'Anytus' (Japanese Iris)
(Innerst, 1981) Large double white flowers with strong golden yellow signals.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Attraction'

Iris ensata 'Attraction' (Japanese Iris)
(Waterer, 1927) Large double faint silvery grey-blue flowers with golden yellow signals. Beautiful in mass plantings.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Beni Tsubaki'

Iris ensata 'Beni Tsubaki' (Japanese Iris)
(Hirao, 1970) Beautiful violet-rose flowers with white veining. Striking white style arms catches attention. Rare.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Blue Lagoon'

Iris ensata 'Blue Lagoon' (Japanese Iris)
(Marx, 1955) Beautiful double rich gentian blue flowers with faint white veins. Bright golden yellow signals.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Chidori'

Iris ensata 'Chidori' (Japanese Iris)
(Hirao, 1956) Very large double white flowers faintly blushed with lilac-blue.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Chigokesho'

Iris ensata 'Chigokesho' (Japanese Iris)
(Nishida Shuho-en, 1939) Beautiful large fully double white flowers heavily blushed with violet-lavender on the falls.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Embossed'

Iris ensata 'Embossed' (Japanese Iris)
(Marx, 1956) White flowers heavily veined medium blue with purple stylearms.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Flashing Koi'

Iris ensata 'Flashing Koi' (Japanese Iris)
(Marx, 1978) NEW RELEASE! Very striking large flowers with white overlaid with crimson-red at petal centre. Eye-catching yellow signal. Rare.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Freckled Geisha'

Iris ensata 'Freckled Geisha' (Japanese Iris)
(Reid, 1981) Beautiful ruffled white flowers edged with maroon pink and sprinkled with mauve. Payne Award winner 1987.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Gosan-no-Takara'

Iris ensata 'Gosan-no-Takara' (Japanese Iris)
(Society for Japanese Irises, 1992) A shorter growing iris variety with flowers that sometimes has 3 or 5 petals. Flowers are white, edged with red-purple and signals are bright yellow. Excellent for the smaller pond or water garden.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Kalamazoo'

Iris ensata 'Kalamazoo' (Japanese Iris)
(Hazzard, 1989) Interesting violet-blue flowers edged with silvery white. Early to mid-summer blooming variety. Payne Award winner 1996. Rare.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Nishikigi'

Iris ensata 'Nishikigi' (Japanese Iris)
(Shuho-En Nursery, 1923-1930) Beautiful white flowers heavily marbled with purple and blue. Interesting pattern.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Ocean Mist'

Iris ensata 'Ocean Mist' (Japanese Iris)
(Marx, 1953) A very beautiful and very popular variety. Light to medium blue double flower with white centre.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Peacock Dance'

Iris ensata 'Peacock Dance' (Japanese Iris)
(Marx, 1955) Very beautiful near white flowers with violet-blue veining and red-violet centres. Rare.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Prairie Edge'

Iris ensata 'Prairie Edge' (Japanese Iris)
(Hazzard, 1968) Interesting white flowers with dark violet-blue edging. Very beautiful. Rare.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Reign of Glory'

Iris ensata 'Reign of Glory' (Japanese Iris)
(Marx, 1953) Double flowers edged with violet-blue. Moderately ruffled with yellow-green signals.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Returning Tide'

Iris ensata 'Returning Tide' (Japanese Iris)
(McEwen, 1976) Beautiful pale violet-blue flowers with dark violet-blue standards. The yellow signals are almost hidden. Payne Award winner 1982.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Rose Queen'

Iris ensata 'Rose Queen' (Japanese Iris)
(Society for Japanese Irises, 1915) An older and more charming hybrid introduced into the gardening world back in 1915. Very beautiful soft rose-pink single flowers. Excellent for pastel colour themed gardens. Rare.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Storm At Sea'

Iris ensata 'Storm At Sea' (Japanese Iris)
(Marx, 1954) Single dark lavender-purple with darker veins. Bright golden yellow signals.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Summer Snowflake'

Iris ensata 'Summer Snowflake' (Japanese Iris)
(Rich, 1971) Attractive double white flowers with a small yellow-green signal. Large flowers with slightly ruffled edges.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Taffeta and Velvet'

Iris ensata 'Taffeta and Velvet' (Japanese Iris)
(Ackerman, 1990) Very beautiful dark purple velvety flowers with ruffled edges. Golden yellow signals. Rare.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris ensata 'Variegata' 'Silverband'

Iris ensata 'Variegata' / 'Silverband' (Japanese Iris)
(Bauer-Coble, 1989) A very attractive variegated leaf form of Iris ensata spp. spontanea. Bold eye-catching single dark reddish-violet flowers against silvery white and green striped foliage. Used in Japanese style landscaped gardens for the colour effect. Very limited supply. Rare.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Walk In Beauty'

Iris ensata 'Walk In Beauty' (Japanese Iris)
(Rich, 1969) Beautiful double lavender blue flowers with blue accent around the bright yellow signals. Uncommon.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Iris 'Kinboshi'

Iris x pseudata 'Kinboshi' / Iris 'Kimboshi' (Japanese Iris)
(Ueki, 1971) A Japanese bred iris meaning "Golden Star". Beautiful pale golden yellow flowers with darker yellow eye-zone. Distinctive yellow-green foliage. This is one of the first crosses between Iris pseudacorus and Iris ensata. A favourite in Japanese iris gardens.
Tolerant of cold temperate climate  Tolerant of tropical climate  Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate  Full Sun  Part Sun & Part Shade  Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features  Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens  Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams

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Code explanations:

Tolerant of cold temperate climate = Tolerant of cold temperate climate
Tolerant of tropical climate = Tolerant of tropical climate
Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate = Tolerant of temperate & sub-tropical climate
Frost Sensitive - may not survive in climate subjected to frost = Frost Sensitive - may not survive in climate subjected to frost
Full Shade or Indirect Sunlight = Full Shade or Indirect Sunlight
Full Sun = Full Sun
Part Sun & Part Shade = Part Sun & Part Shade
Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features = Small growing - Suitable for small size water gardens or tub style water features
Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens = Medium growing - Suitable for medium size water gardens
Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams = Large growing - Suitable for large size water gardens or naturalizing in dams
Great as cut flowers = Great as cut flowers
Native to Australia = Native to Australia