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Iris ensata 'Lion King'
[Japanese Iris]
Size (ships bareroot) - Gallon $9.50
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36 - 48 in. Sun Spring Purple 4 - 9

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. 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.

Care: Above all else, no other factor is a greater influence on Japanese Irises than water. A lack of moisture will stunt the plants and flowers, while a consistent supply of water will result in large, healthy plants with large flowers. Mulch the plants heavily to ensure that the soil never dries out. Japanese Irises should be planted in heavy, acidic, rich soil that has been amended with compost or manure. Most Japanese Irises require division every 3-4 years. When dividing mature clumps in spring or fall, it is best to dig up the entire clump and replant the divisions somewhere else in the garden where Japanese Irises have not been grown before. The rhizomes should be planted 2-3 inches deep.

Other Attributes:
Tolerates wet areas Dries well
Iris ensata 'Lion King'
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