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Iris ensata

Iris ensata
Japanese iris

Common name Japanese iris
Family iridaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers various colors (summer)
Size 18"
Light sun-part shade

I tried to grow various forms of I. ensata in the past, but somehow was never successful. Finally, some year ago I bought a plant labeled 'Freckled Geisha'. I wasn't so sure it was identified correctly, because my plant was more streaked than speckled, but in further research it looks like it might really be the Geisha. In any case, I'm not complaining – although I wish it would produce more than one flower per season! By the way, this plant is like a living calendar – in the three years where I recorded its first day of bloom, the date was either June 23rd or 24th, despite rather different weather conditions during the springs of those years.

Iris ensata
Japanese iris

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for 'Striped mix' from '07 trade. Baggy 70F (33d; 5%G, 21d) - 75F (35%G, 4-10d)

A bit of warmth certainly helped with germination

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