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If I knew what this is, I would get a white one

This iris is on the pond edge with its feet in the water. Just started flowering and is about 3 ft high, velvety petals that are dark purple.  It’s been there for 10 years. If anyone could give me the variety I could then find a white one. Many thanks Val


  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,297
    Iris ensata aka Japanese Iris. Lots of varieties in many colours too.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,800
    Maybe it's iris ensata, they like water and they face upwards.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Palustris that was so quick, Thank you very much. I love the grace and simple form of this that a white one is a must. Val
  • Busy-Lizzy,  it certainly likes the water as it comes into flower every year. I’m now off to find a dazzling white one. Thank you Val
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,800
      @Palustris is a quicker typist than me! :)
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • After looking at the price of these plants I shall have a go with a packet of seeds. 15 seeds for a mixture of colours. I’m surprised of the colour range. Wish me luck. Val 
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    They germinate very quickly from seed, although I think fresh is best so if you can get them straight off the plant and sow, you may do better. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Thanks Lyn, unfortunately, I am buying a packet of mixed seeds. The plant I have has been dark purple for years with no other colour near. So I presume I would only get purple seedlings.  I wonder why the plants are so expensive if you can raise from seed, quoted £16 and £19 per plant. Kind regards Val
  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    That does seem very expensive, a quick search online found cheaper ones such as this 

    Have never bought from them so not recommending them, but I would imagine there would be a fair few cheaper ones than £16 out there
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,287

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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