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IRIS ensata 'Fortune'

Image of Iris ensata 'Fortune'

Family

Iridaceae

Botanical Name

IRIS ensata 'Fortune'

Plant Common Name

Fortune Japanese Iris, Japanese Iris

General Description

The large flattened flowers of ‘Fortune’ have violet-purple inner petals and white falls. The blooms hover over dense, upright clumps of green strap-like leaves.

Japanese iris originates from China, Russia, and Japan but has been cultivated most by the Japanese. It was first popularized in the West in the late nineteenth century when it was most prized as a collector's plant. Now there are hundreds of fine cultivars available of eastern and western origin.

This tall, elegant perennial may also be called the butterfly iris, a name which describes its large, flattened flowers that come in an array of cool colors. The flowers appear in late spring to early summer atop many upright stems that stand above stiff strap-like leaves of rich green. It is a clump-forming perennial that may require division ever three years or so.

Japanese iris prefers full to partial sun and is best placed in moist boggy soils, though it will tolerate good garden soil that’s evenly moist. It is ideal for Japanese themed gardens, waterside plantings or any sunny mixed border. The blooms are also suitable as cutflowers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Russia/Siberia, China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Ample Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple, Blue Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bog Garden, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Water Gardens

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No