Dinner Plate™ Ice Cream Iris

Availability: Out of stock

Dinner Plate™ Ice Cream Iris (Iris ensata 'Ice Cream') will amaze you and anyone that happens to see it! Featuring the most divine blue-lavender flowers that look more like a creamy blueberry sorbet with ruffled, wide petals and golden highlights!

Dinner Plate™ has massive 6-inch blooms that are broad-petaled and wide-open landing pads for pollinators to alight upon! You’ll be amazed by the size of these confectionery blooms! The spear-like green foliage remains handsome all growing season, lending an upright texture and waving motion to your garden!

Japanese Iris are early summer blooming rhizomatic perennials that thrive in very moist to wet soil! Often found around water features and ponds for erosion control, any area that has consistent moisture and isn’t stagnant will suit these plants fine!

Planting and Application:

Providing tall edging and low hedges around any moist landscape, Iris do fantastic winding throughout perennial and cottage gardens! Add vertical fringe to pollinator and cutting gardens, naturalize throughout moist meadows and wildflower gardens, or in planters and containers in the sun. Create a Rain Garden or make a path of decorative rocks and plants directing water from a gutter away from your home, lined with water-loving plants like Iris!

Ice Cream Iris is gorgeous in cut flower arrangements, snip the stems when the blooms are barely open for a long-lasting and radiant focal point in pots and planters, allowing even patio, balcony and porch gardens to allow these sun and moisture-loving perennials to be included in their design.

  • Wide Open White Petals
  • Purple Streaks & Golden-Yellow Accents
  • Vertical Textured Green Blades
  • Pollinators, Cutting Gardens & Containers
  • Loves Wet-Moist Soil

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Japanese Iris rhizomes do best in full sun in cooler zones but appreciate some afternoon shade in hotter climates. They prefer being planted in very well-drained moist to wet soils that won’t become stagnant.

  • Full Sun
  • Best in Moist/Wet Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune After Frost
  • Deer, Pest & Disease Resistant
  • Cold & Heat Tolerant Zones 4 - 9

Dinner Plate™ Ice Cream Iris will be your new favorite garden sorbet treat! So order yours today from Nature Hills! Bareroot Iris prefers to be planted in the fall, so order your bareroot rhizomes from NatureHills.com and we’ll ship them at the appropriate time of the year for your climate!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with NatureHills.com and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

Click Here to learn more

Plant Sentry


To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
Color Zone Times
3 Spring 2019
4 Now
5 Now
6 Now
7 Now
8 Now
9 Now
10 Now
11 Now

Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

Click here to see our full rates


Dinner Plate™ Ice Cream Iris Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Iris ensata 'Ice Cream'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 32 inches
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant Yes