Japanese Irises - a walk by the water

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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Kozasagawa Minowa-no-sato Nemuri-jishi Ayesegawa

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Beni-tsubaki (?) Sei-shonagon Chiyo-no-Haru Chiyodajo

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Hatsukurenai Mijako-ogi Miyoshino Shuchuka

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Murasame (?) Fujishiro Haru-no-umi Suwagoryo

Particular thanks to Clarence Mahan for help in confirming correct names. Doubtful names are indicated with a question mark.

Internet resources

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 -


If you are having problems reading this page, the more obvious reasons may be -

  • Captions not aligning with thumbnail images - You are not using a tables-enabled browser - see introduction for remedies
  • Text overlaps the left hand margin leaf graphic - Your screen resolution is too low - minimum workable resolution is 800x600 - Try resetting your display
  • Main iris images are too large for the screen - Same reason as above
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