Variegata Japanese Iris

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Iris plants have been fan favorites for years and years due to their mesmerizing spring flower display. However, this one in particular is also known for its foliage! The Variegata Iris (Iris ensata 'Variegata') has striking cream and green variegated foliage that gives this Iris an appeal all growing season long!

We'd actually consider Variegata Iris a foliage plant that happens to have the added bonus of beautiful blooms. As summer starts up in full force, you'll find pristine lavender blossoms atop strong, sturdy stems. The flowers are sweetly scented of orange blossom or vanilla, so they are fantastic for cut flower bouquets so you can enjoy their scent. Include some of the variegated foliage in the bouquets for vertical texture as well!

Deer and rabbits seldom bother with these plants but the Butterflies and Bees will flutter from near and far to sip nectar! Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 4 to 8, these perennial rhizomes spread to 2 feet wide and 2 feet tall when in bloom, the upright sword-like foliage showing off all growing season!

Planting and Application:

This variety of Japanese Iris loves moisture, growing in moderate to high moisture areas! That soggy area around the HVAC unit, around ponds and water features, or in Rain Gardens all gain a hardy water-loving showy perennial! Best used around pools, ponds, and water gardens! When used in mass planting, Variegata can also be used on difficult banks to prevent erosion and stabilize soil!

Try planting Japanese Water Iris in the well-watered areas throughout your front garden so guests can see it as they walk up to your front entryway. Or you could add them to your perennial flower bed out back to enjoy while lounging on the patio. Groupings around your seating areas add vivid foliage color and fragrance while you entertain outdoors!

  • Lovely Lavender-Blue Fragrant Blooms
  • Beautiful Variegated Upright Foliage
  • Upright Sword-Like Leaves
  • Pollinator Magnet & Beautiful Cut Flowers
  • Sun Gardens, Wetlands, Pollinator Gardens, Groupings & Containers

#ProPlantTips For Care

This Iris isn't fussy about soil. All it needs to stay happy and healthy is a spot in full sun and planted in well-drained soil. Your Variegata Iris needs plenty of water throughout the season to continue to look its best. It rewards consistent moisture by being useful in many ways. Consider adding a layer of mulch around the base to conserve moisture and protect the roots.

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. In fact, 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, straw or compost, pulling it away 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

Don't go another season without this versatile perennial! Order Variegata Japanese Iris to finish your outdoor projects today! Call Nature Hills Nursery and get your order placed before they sell out!

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
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Variegata Japanese Iris Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Iris ensata 'Variegata'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 24 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to High - Tolerates Wet Soil
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Lavender
Foliage Color Variegated White & Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn