Lion King Japanese Iris

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Enjoy royal purple edging with the Lion King Iris (Iris ensata 'Lion King')! The two-tone bold contrasting hues stand out in any sunny area with showy petals that are pure white with a dramatic ribbon of feathered purple edging.

Lion King has an impressive stature as it displays a regal exhibition with its fully double, large blooms, and a tiny splash of yellow at the heart! This exotic flower is absolutely breathtaking when blooming. With its sword-like leaves and showy flowers, Lion King is an easy plant to maintain, requires minimum care, and readily multiplies!

Lion King produces showy flowers in late spring on rigid stems, and look great in the cut flower bouquet! Snip a few stalks off and add them to your kitchen bouquets! Deer and rabbits seldom bother with these plants! While Wildlife may not be interested, the pollinators will be! Butterflies will flutter from near and far for a taste of this cultivar's delightful nectar!

Planting and Application:

Iris is among the best-known and most-loved garden plants! Loving moisture, Lion King 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.

Use in massed plantings to fill large swaths in vivid color, and the clumps will grow together and snuff out weeds! Lion King can be used on difficult banks to prevent erosion, stabilize banks, and in wide drifts and rows throughout the landscape.

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!

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

#ProPlantTips For Care

Iris prefer full sun, but will tolerate a little afternoon shade, especially in hot 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. Growing 3-4 feet tall when in bloom, the sword-shaped foliage spreads into clumps about 2 feet wide.

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. The top 1/3 of each rhizome should be exposed and 2/3 of it should be below ground for best results. For the winter, loosely cover your Iris in a layer of clean leaves or evergreen boughs, straw or compost, pulling it back in the spring.

  • Full Sun & Afternoon Shaded Locations
  • Loves Moist to Average Moisture
  • Well-Drained Rich Soil
  • Deadhead After Flowers Fade & Trim Stems in Late Autumn
  • Deer & Rabbit-Resistant

Popular and dependable, Lion King is an easily grown perennial Iris plant! If planted this year, it will be even bigger and better in a season or two! So start now and order yours at!

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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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%

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Lion King Japanese Iris Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Iris ensata 'Lion King'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Higher
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White & Purple Edging
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant No