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Iris laevigata 'Snowdrift'

Japanese water iris

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Iris laevigata 'Snowdrift'

Plant details

A superb plant with white flowers from early to midsummer, whose species parent comes from Asia where it grows in marshes and at the edge of lakes and streams. 'Snowdrift' therefore needs to be grown in an aquatic basket and sunk in the shallow (but never deep) water at the edge of a pond. If extra plants are required, 'Variegata' has white striped leaves and blue flowers, and creates quite a colourful show when mingled with 'Snowdrift'.

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Iris

Species: laevigata

Cultivar: Snowdrift

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 80cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to divide plants: August to September

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