Iris laevigata 'Variegata'

Japanese water iris

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photo by Jonathan Buckley, copyright GAP Photos (97870)

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Japanese water irises are best grown in shallow water round the edge of a sunny pond, but also thrive in a bog garden or very wet border - in slightly drier conditions you can achieve a similar effect using Iris sibirica varieties. Most forms look superb while in flower but rather uninteresting after that by growing 'Variegata' the striped foliage provides a much longer season of interest that looks good with a wide range of pondside and bog garden plants. Plant with mimulus, astilbe and hostas in very damp soil or with golden club Orontium in shallow water. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Iris

Species: laevigata

Cultivar: Variegata

Plant type: Marginal

Flower colour: Purple

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Boggy, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 60cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Time to divide plants: June to August

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