Harlequinesque Japanese Iris

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Streaked and feathered purple and white, oversized petals, the Harlequinesque Japanese Iris (Iris ensata 'Harlequinesque') features gorgeous, billowy flowers of phenomenal color! Its wide, velvety petals of vibrant white are dramatically accented with asymmetrical splashes of fuchsias, blues, and rich purples, creating a show-stopping display for your yard.

A bright yellow throat adds yet another flash of color to dazzle the senses. Not only lovely to the eye but also a delight to the nose! Harlequinesque presents an irresistible lure to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, ensuring that your garden will always be buzzing with life!

Harlequinesque Japanese Iris is right at home among other tall foliage plants, the upright sword-like foliage forms tidy clumps. This decorative perennial grows best in moist, moderately acidic soil, so it is a perfect addition to gardens with water features. It's quite sun-tolerant and is even deer-resistant. Growing 3-4 feet tall when in bloom, the sword-shaped foliage spreads into clumps about 2 feet wide.

Planting and Application:

Whether scattering a few about your yard to enjoy their delightful spring/early summer display or bringing in cut flowers for a bouquet for your dining room table, Harlequinesque presents a dramatic presentation! They pair well with other Iris varieties, Water-garden plants, Rushes, and pond plants, showing off for a long-lasting bloom season.

Japanese Iris is a best-known and beloved garden plant for high moisture areas! Loving moisture, Harlequinesque will make a great addition around pools, ponds, and water gardens, and in Rain Gardens. Just think about how well it will brighten the edge of a pond.

Showy in Pollinator gardens, mixed perennial borders, and turns any garden into a cutting garden! This Japanese Iris has huge ruffled petals, that are striking to behold! Use in massed plantings to fill large swaths in vivid color, and the clumps will grow together and snuff out weeds! Harlequinesque can be used on difficult banks to prevent erosion, stabilize slopes, and in wide drifts and rows throughout the landscape. Try as a 'Thriller' in springtime container gardens too!

  • Snow White Blooms With Feathered Purple Edges
  • Pollinator-Friendly With Huge Petals
  • Late Spring to Early Summer Blooms!
  • Showy Cut Flowers & Pollinator Friendly
  • Clump-Forming Perennial Rhizomes
  • Rain Gardens & Pollinator Gardens, Sunny Landscapes & Containers

#ProPlantTips For Care

Iris are easy to grow and do best in full sun but tolerate a little afternoon shade, especially in the hotter growing zones of USDA 4 to 9. This Iris needs plenty of water access throughout the season along when planted in well-drained soil to look its best. Provide regular moisture during the growing season and supplemental moisture during prolonged drought and heat. Top-dress with 3-4 inches of arborist mulch to regulate soil moisture and enrich the area as it breaks down.

Deadhead the flowers as they fade and trim back the foliage in the autumn. Every 3-5 years, divide the clumps and rearrange the rhizomes to keep them in tight formation and to prevent them from being buried too deeply, preferring to be planted more shallowly in the ground.

It also features an attractive mound of thick and hardy green leaves that are both rabbit and Deer-resistant.

  • Full Sun Lover
  • Loves High to Average Moisture
  • Well-Drained Rich Soil
  • Deadhead After Flowers Fade & Trim Stems in Late Autumn
  • Deer Resistant

Big fluttering streaked and speckled petals, the Harlequinesquie Japanese Iris is sure to prove itself a superb choice for your home this year! Order now at NatureHills.com.

Information About Bare Root Iris

Bare root Iris are shipped as nice fresh-cut divisions with two to three fans of green tops. Keep in mind each Iris variety can have slightly different-sized roots.

When planting, make sure 1/3rd of the rhizome is exposed to sunlight with the roots buried underneath. Note, that it's best to cover the rhizome with a thin layer of mulch or leaves to protect it during the coldest months but make sure to uncover them in the spring.

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

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100 - 129.99 44.99
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Harlequinesque Japanese Iris Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Iris ensata 'Harlequinesque'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 32 inches
Mature Spread 15 - 18 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate to High
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White With Purple/Violet
Foliage Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant Yes