Japanese Irises have been developed over many years from forms of Iris ensata. This is a hardy waterside plant, native to wide areas of eastern Asia. It has been the subject of many years of selective breeding. The distinctive flowers, offset by the sword-shaped foliage can provide a distinctive component to waterside plantings.
Imagine a walk beside a slow-flowing stream, a pond or a small lake. It is high summer. Picture the contrast of these unique plants against the stillness of the water -
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Particular thanks to Clarence Mahan for help in confirming correct names. Doubtful names are indicated with a question mark.
There are plenty of iris-related resources on the net. There are several web pages that cover these comprehensively, so to avoid repetition, I would just recommend that you browse the following peoples' pages, and follow up the many links contained there.
There is an active Iris mailing list which anyone can join - details on how to join the list are given on Tom Tadfor Little's page.
Not too many Japanese iris images to look at, though. Try these -
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