Iris ensata 'Darling'
Iris ensata 'Darling'

Iris ensata 'Darling'

SKU: S32464
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Common Name: Japanese Iris
Hardiness Zone: 4-9S/10W Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Jul
Mature Height: 36" Spacing: 18"
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Deer Resistance: Yes
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Graceful lilac-rose blossoms with golden throats arrive, up to three per stem, on Iris ensata ‘Darling,’ bringing tender, lovely color and intriguing silhouettes to the early to midsummer garden. ‘Darling’ offers sprightly green, blade-shaped foliage as a vertical accent for the remainder of the season. Mass plants in rich, damp soil and enjoy a captivating and reliable show or plant smaller groupings in mixed borders amid other pastel shades.

Ensata Irises are easy to recognize because their showy, richly colored 3-6" flowers have a distinctly flattened profile and no beards. Commonly known as Japanese Iris or Japanese Water Iris, these rhizomatous perennials originated in Japan and China where they are often grown alongside ponds and streams. In addition to adding beauty and grace to the garden, Ensatas can be used to extend the season of Iris flowering because they bloom in early to midsummer, on the heels of their cousins, the Tall Bearded Iris and Siberian Iris. Ensatas gradually form clumps, and their blade-shaped, green foliage provides a vertical accent for the balance of the season. For best performance, plant them in rich, damp, acidic soil in a site with full sun.

The Iris genus is named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, and it’s easy to see why. These brilliantly colored, spring-flowering perennials are part of a huge plant family that contains upwards of 300 species. Iris range from timid and inconspicuous wildlings to the splendid and extravagant Tall Bearded Iris, which create striking vertical highlights to the late spring border. The chosen habitats of Iris range from standing water to formal borders, and there is scarcely a color or combination of colors that can't be found. Iris plants are fairly indestructible. They thrive in most parts of the country and are largely critter resistant. Adding to their appeal, they are magnets for hummingbirds and other pollinators. Plant a variety and enjoy a rainbow of colors that will return year after year in your garden.

For more information on growing Japanese Iris, click Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Latin Name Pronunciation: eye'riss 

Plant Japanese Iris in rich, acid soil. If your soil is alkaline, amend it with peat moss and periodically dust with sulfur formulated for soil application. Plants want ample moisture in summer but won't tolerate poorly drained soil in winter. Provide partial shade in the South. Divide after blooming or in fall every 3-4 years to prevent crowding.