Iris ensata 'Variegata'

Variegata Japanese Iris

Categories: Herbaceous Perennial

Attractive both in and out of bloom, this variegated Japanese Iris has beautifully striped green and creamy white, sword-like foliage.  Large bright royal purple flowers with a small yellow signal are produced from early to midsummer. 

More About Iris ensata 'Variegata'

  • very adaptable

Unlike the Tall Bearded Iris, the beardless Japanese Iris has a flat bloom, narrower leaves, and smaller, more compact rhizomes. They have the largest flowers of all irises, and make wonderful spring accents for the edge of water gardens.  Japanese irises are the latest to bloom, about a month after the Siberian irises.


30-34 in


2-3 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Iris ensata 'Variegata' Characteristics


  • Edging
  • Fragrant
  • Mass Plant
  • Specimen
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage

Critter Resistance

  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Deer Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Dry
  • Tolerates most soils
  • Average
  • Moist

Flower Color

  • Purple
  • Lavender


  • Upright
  • Spreading
  • Clumping
  • Mounding