Image courtesy of Paridon
This exceptional perennial forms a strong clump of grassy leaves; in late spring, large, tissue-soft, delicately pink, gold-splashed flowers rise above the foliage like butterflies; deer resistant; excellent cut flower.
excellent cut flower
Gorgeous in borders, containers, near water and in mass plantings
Iris ensata 'Pink Lady'
(Pink Lady Iris)
Full sun to partial shade
30" (76 cm)
24" (61 cm)
36" (91 cm)
Large, delicately pink, gold-splashed flowers
Moderate-High. Should be wet in spring, moist the rest of the year
Prefers rich, slightly acidic soil types
Plant Care Tips
To get the most out of your Japanese Iris, make sure that you keep the plant well-watered, particularly in spring, while it is setting its blooms. The Canadian Iris Society suggests "wet in spring, moist in summer" for best results during the present season and the next year. Japanese Irises grow best in rich soil that has a lot of organic material and is slightly acidic. Mulch heavily to conserve moisture and keep the soil cooler. Remove old foliage after the first frost. Apply fertilizer once during spring and again after the blooming period is over. Divide every 3-4 years or when the bloom size or plant height decline. You can transplant Japanese Irises anytime between spring and fall as long as you keep the new plants watered.