Iris ensata 'LOYALTY'

Iris ensata
Iris ensata 'LOYALTY'
Japanese iris
SIZE/TYPE mid-sized perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.8-1m
USUAL WIDTH 0.2-0.3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS combined:purple red a yellow
BLOOMING TIME June - July
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
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Japanese iris (syn. i.kaempferi) is a showy and very hardy iris species with large, beardless flowers. It comes from Northeast Asia - Siberia, Korea, N.China, and Japan. New varieties are quite rare and more expensive.

Loyalty is a deep purple violet variety of Japanese iris where the throat is decorated with vivid yellow flames. Its double flowers are extra large - almost 20 cm across, borne atop 90-100 cm tall, strong, single, pale green stems, and appear from the first decade of June until early July. Sword-like leaves are light to pale green. The extravagant look of the flowers make this iris a perfect choice for modern landscapes used in mass plantings. It will also look great as a companion plant in between medium or taller non-flowering shrubs.

Japanese iris loves moist or partly wet sites, however, it does not like standing water around the rhizome neck in winter. It will even cope with heavy clay unless it tends to dry out like a rock in summer. Full sun is best, partial shade is allowed but plants will flower less profusely. Occasional fertilizing is welcome to enhance flowering and plant health. Fully hardy to min. -34°C (USDA zone 4).

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  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
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  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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