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  • Eventual height: 0.75m
  • Eventual spread: 0.5m

Iris ensata 'Variegata'

Japanese water iris

RHS award of garden merit
9cm pot £14.99

This pond plant dies right back in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: damp, humus-rich, acidic soil
  • Depth of water: 0-15cm (0-6in)
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: May to July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The combination of variegated foliage and rich purple flowers in summer, makes this a handsome addition to the edges of a pond. Plant it straight into the ground and it will spread to form a generous swathe, or pot it up if you want a more compact clump.

  • Garden care: Plant out in reliably moist soil, or pot up into a pond basket and place at the margins of a pond. Cut back flowers and foliage as they fade.
  • Humans/Pets: Harmful if eaten
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