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Japanese Iris (JI)

Japanese Irises (I. ensata) are the imperial class of the iris world.

At up to 4 feet tall with dinner plate size flowers, Japanese irises are truly garden royalty. That they are last of the iris world to bloom proves that Mother Nature saved the best for last. With a little extra TLC, a garden that includes Japanese irises will be the envy of your gardening world.

Cascadia Iris Gardens is proud to host a National Japanese Iris Collection. We currently grow approximately 300 named hybrids, with more coming in every year.

Patrick also hybridizes Japanese irises. He currently has around 1,000 seedlings in various stages of evaluation. He has yet to introduce a Japanese iris, but has several excellent seedlings in propagation for introduction in the near future. Please see the Growing Instructions for more information.

(Delmez, 2000) (35") 6 falls - White, splashed and veined blue.

$10.00
JI Absalom
JI Absalom
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(Innerst, 1995) (38") 6 falls - Medium blue mottled white.

$10.00
JI Abundant Display

(Marx, 1985) (40") 6 falls - Faint orchid pink. If you can call any JI "delicate", this is the one, but in a good way!

$10.00
JI Agrippinella

(Straw, 1979) (39") 6 falls - White with a solid rose pink edge. Very bold!

$10.00
JI Akebono
JI Akebono
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(SJI, 1994) (36") 6 falls - Introduced in Japan prior to 1980.  Pale pink. The way it flutters in a light breeze is almost hypnotizing!

$10.00
JI Amethyst Actress

(Harris, 2009) (40") 9 falls - White ground heavily sanded amethyst. Awesome!

$15.00
JI Amethyst's Sister

(Harris, 2011) (52") 9 falls - Lavender blending to dark violet.

$15.00
JI Angel Mountain

(Bauer/Coble, 2000) (40") 6 falls - White sanded red violet. I quite like this iris.

$15.00
JI Angelic Choir

(Harris, 2006) (42")  6 falls - White with excellence substance and form. My favorite white JI.

$10.00
JI Anytus
JI Anytus
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(Innerst, 1981) (38") 6 falls - White self

$10.00
JI Artesian Spring

(Harris, 2010) (48") 6 falls - deep purple with neon blue ray pattern. Every iris Chad introduces is immaculate, and this one is no different!

$10.00
JI August Emperor

(Marx, 1962) (registered at 57", though I have never seen it this tall) 6 falls - Red violet self. Sounds blah, but the velvety texture turns this into a very striking iris!

$10.00
JI Beautiful Accent

(Delmez, 1994) (33") 6 falls - Medium blue splashed white.

$10.00
JI Belgium Sky

(Hublau, 2006) (35") 6 falls - Blue with white ray pattern.

$10.00

(Hublau, 2002) (33") 6 falls - Purple with a blue halo around a dark yellow signal.

$15.00
JI Beni Tsubaki

(Hirau, 1970) (27")  6 falls - Rose with white ray pattern and striking white style arms.

$10.00
JI Bewitching Twilight

(Harris, 2000) (41") 6 falls - White heavily overlaid pale blue. Yellow signals radiate outward. Outstanding form. Payne Medal winner!

$10.00
JI Beyond The Horizon

(Shook, 1985) (35") 6 falls - White self

$10.00
JI Blue Embers

(Bauer/Coble, 1993) (38") 3 falls - Standards light blue edged violet. Falls light blue with white rays.

$15.00
JI Blue Spritz

(Delmez, 1996) (35") 6 falls - Pale blue veined darker. Payne Medal winner!

$10.00
JI Blushing Crimson

(Rich, 1995) (36") 6 falls - White sanded crimson with white rays and edge. Pure white styles.

$12.00
JI Blushing Snowmaiden

(Harris, 2000) (40") 9+ falls - White irregularly blushed rose. Drop dead gorgeous!

$10.00
JI Butterflies In Flight

(Aitken, 1991) (42") 6 falls - White ground neatly veined blue violet. Payne Medal winner!

$12.00
JI Caprician Butterfly

(Marx, 1985) (36") 6 falls - White ground with bold purple veins. Payne Medal 1994

$15.00
JI Cascade Crest

(Aitken, 1988) (36") 6 falls - White sanded blue, heaviest at the edge. A gorgeous iris! Payne Medal winner!

$10.00
JI Cascade Spice

(Reid, 1989) (36") 6 falls - White with rosy purple flecking and rim.

$10.00
JI Celestial Emperor

(Harris, 2010) (38") 6 falls - Soft violet veined darker with a solid band encircling the petals. HUGE flower!

$15.00
JI Center Of Attention

(Rich, 1986) (36") 6 falls - Pale lavender veined darker. Bold violet style ams,

$15.00
JI Chigokesho

(Shuho Eh Nursery, 1939) (about 36" in our garden) 6 falls - Rose red with white rays, edge and style arms.

$10.00
JI Chiyo-No-Haru

(Hirao by SJI, 1992) (39") 3 falls - Standards red violet. Falls white with faint red violet veins. A real classic!

$12.00
JI Christina's Sister

(Copeland, 2009) (38") 6 falls - pale violet falls veined darker with a bold violet halo around the signals.

$12.00
JI Classical Charm

(Bauer/Coble, 2005) (38") 3 falls - Red violet standards with white falls.

$15.00
JI Coho
JI Coho
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(Harris, 2004) (38") 6 falls - One of our very best pinks! Payne Medal winner!

$10.00
JI Columbia Deep Water

(Harris, 2013) (48") 6 falls - Red violet with deep blue violet rays. Excellent combination of color and form.

Chad has his "Columbia" series of Japanese irises describing the different stages of the river from headwaters to the Pacific Ocean. Though all are excellent irises, Columbia Deepwater is truly manificent and my favorite.

$20.00
JI Confetti Dancer

(Reid, 1998) (36") 6 falls - Light ground with red violet marbling.

$10.00
JI Confetti Shower

(Payne, 1950) 6 falls - White ground stippled violet. Occasionally reblooms for us.

W. Arlie Payne is regarded by most as the father of Japanese Irises in the United States. Many of the irises he hybridized in the 40s, 50s, and 60s are still in commerce today. We grow many of them, but Confetti Shower is my favorite. It has won international acclaim and compares favorably to irises introduced 60 years later.

$12.00
JI Craola Solstice

(Walker, 2012) (27") 3 fall -  Lee did really well with this one! Standards and falls have a light ground heavily overlaid red violet. We really like it.

$20.00
JI Crystal Halo

(Marx, 1959) (48") 6 falls - Lavender heavily veined purple and a wide white rim. One of the best of all time. Everyone should grow this iris!

$10.00
JI Dalle Whitewater

(Harris, 2011) (48") 6 falls - White heavily sanded blue. Outstanding form!

$12.00
JI Dewa Banri

(Ichie, 1989) (36") 3 falls - A historic iris from Japan. Red violet standards. White falls veined dark violet. The JI snobs out there (you know who you are!) tell me I am not supposed to like this one. Too Old!, Small Flowered! Only 3 falls! You are all wrong. It has the best clump and garden presence in my JI field.

$10.00
JI Diomedes

(Innerst, 1992) (40") 6 falls - Light blue with a dark violet edge.

$10.00
JI Dirigo Editor

(White, 2010) (36") 6 falls - White ground veined red violet.

$15.00
JI Dirigo Pink Milestone

(White, 2000) (34") 3 falls - A very good, large flowered pink. Payne Medal winner!

$10.00
JI Dirigo Red Rocket

(White, 2000) (40") 3 falls - Standards white with a red violet edge. Falls red violet with white halo and rays. A very fine iris.

$10.00
JI Dramatic Moment

(McEwen, 1982) (40") 6 falls - Ruffled light violet heavily veined darker.

$10.00
JI Epimetheus

(Innerst, 1992) 6 falls - I know. It has a weird name, but go with me on this. It is  a spectacular iris. Wine purple splashed white. Payne Medal winner!

$12.00
JI Essence Of Summer

(Aitken, 2014) (42") Beautiful soft pink with excellent form. Blooms much later than my other pink JIs. A good iris to have beside Coho or Dirigo Pink Milestone to have a longer bloom season.

$15.00
JI Exuberent Chantey

Japanese iris (McEwen, 1989) (37") 6 falls - Dark blue violet self. A good rebloomer for us!

$15.00
JI Fairy Carillon

(Payne, 1969) (32") 3 falls - Red violet standards. Falls light violet veined blue. We love this one!

$10.00
JI Fascination

(Childs, 1926) (registered at 36", but we find it can grow as tall as 60") 6 falls - AKA 'Fascination Childs' due to several irises registered as 'Fascination'. Bright blue ground with white rays.

$10.00
JI First Act

(Bauer/Coble, 2004) (34") 6 falls - Red violet self. The first 6 fall to bloom in our garden.

$10.00
JI First Strike Craola

(Walker, 2005) Registered as a 3 fall, but it can't really decide if it wants to be a 3 or a 6 fall. It doesn't matter as it is a very fine iris! Red violet standards. Light ground falls heavily veined violet with a red violet rim.

$20.00
JI Flamingo Waltz

(Harris, 2014) (36") 6 falls - Nicely ruffled pink self. Very classy!

$20.00
JI Fractal Blue

(Reid, 1995) (36") Blue violet with a sanded and veined pale lavender pattern. Really very striking!

$10.00
JI Freckled Geisha

(Reid, 1981) (36") 6 falls - My most favorite Japanese Iris! White with deep pink  freckles and edge. Gasp! Oooh! Aaaah! Pick your own favorite reaction. It will happen when this one blooms. Payne Award winner!

If you read all of the descriptions of all the irises on my site, you will see that Dotted Line is my favorite iris. Freckled Geisha runs a close second. It is no surprise that both irises were hybridized by Lorena Reid. She was a hybridizer of immaculate taste. Every one of her irises is a vigorous grower with beautiful form.

$18.00
JI Freckled Peacock

(Harris, 2001) (54") 3 falls - White heavily freckled violet. Excellent form and very showy!

$15.00
JI Garnet Royalty

(Reid, 1984) (42") 3 falls - Deep maroon only partly describes it. Heavily saturated color so that it almost glows in the garden.

$10.00
JI Geisha Obi

(Rich, 1988) (38") 6 falls - Fuchsia red with white rays. Payne Medal winner!

$10.00
JI Gingham Geisha

(D. Hagar, 2006) (46") 3 falls - Violet standards with light violet falls veined darker.

$10.00
JI Greywoods Annalise

(Wilkinson, 2010) (30") Ruffled white with a bright pink rim. IMHO, Darlyns very best!

$18.00
JI Greywoods Contessa

(Wilkinson, 2002) (38") 6 falls - Maroon viiolet veined darker with a fun white flecking between the veins.

$15.00
JI Greywoods Persian Dusk

(Wilkinson, 2002) (38") 6 falls - Maroon violet veined darker with a fun white flecking between the veins.

$15.00
JI Greywoods Rain Shadows

(Wilkinson, 2010) (35") 6 falls - White with a blue lavender rim and freckles.

$18.00
JI Greywoods Rivertide

(Wilkinson, 2007) (38") Lightly ruffled medium blue with a few white rays extending from the bright yellow signal.

$15.00

(Wilkinson, 2006) (36") 6 falls - White heavily shaded and veined dark violet.

$15.00
JI Haru No Umi

(Hirao, 1993) (32") 3 falls - Light violet ground with a dark violet center and rays. Stunning goodness! In Japan prior to 1985.

$10.00
JI Hatsu Kagame

(Hirao by SJI, 1992) (36") 6 falls - Nice classic pink iris from Japan. In Japan 1964.

$10.00
JI Ike No Sazanami

(Hirao by SJI, 1992) (36") 6 falls - White with lilac blush. In Japan 1956

$10.00
JI Immaculate Glitter

(Payne, 1964) (40") 6 falls - Spectrum violet with a fine white edge.

$10.00
JI Ink On Ice

(Aitken, 1994) (33")3 falls - Standards are white with purple blotches. Falls are white with a light violet flush. Very interesting combination.

$10.00
JI Japanese Harmony

(McEwen, 1994) (Tet, 32") 3 falls - Blue violet standards with white falls.

$10.00
JI Japanese Pinwheel

(McEwen, 1988) (Tet, 40") 3 falls - Wine red with a white rim. (tetraploid) Payne Award winner!

Currier McEwen was a leader in beardless iris hybridizing. Currier was the first to convert beardless irises from their natural "diploid" state (2 sets of chromosomes) to tetraploid (4 sets of chromosomes). The extra chromosomes multiply the genetic posibilities for each iris. It also has the effect of producing fowers with much heavier substand and typically larger foliage. Japanese Pinwheel is still the best tetraploid JI on the market (my opinion). Though in my garden, it tends to not open fully (see clump picture below). Every time I have seen it in a mid-west or east coast garden it has been spectacular!

$10.00
JI Japanese Plum

(Harris, 2010) (38") 6 falls - Red violet with a plum halo radiating from a yellow signal. Truly gorgeous!

$12.00
JI Jocasta
JI Jocasta
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(Innerst, 1987) (36") 6 falls - Light ground with a blue halo and veins, turning red violet at the edge. Full form and spectacular!

$10.00
JI Joycos Collor

(Hublau, 1996) (32") 6 falls - White with creamy style arms and frilly stamens.

$10.00
JI Kaleidoshow

(Reid, 1992) (42") 6 falls - Red violet with white halo and rays