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Iris ensata 'Silverband'

Japanese Water Iris

Plant Type:


Iris ensata 'Silverband' (ex: Jonathan Lehrer) – Our friend, Jon Lehrer, whose passion for interesting variegated plants knows no bounds graced us with yet another variegated treasure from his ever-expanding collection. 'Silverband' Japanese Water Iris, Japanese Flag or Russian Iris sports tall fans of green with longitudinal variegations; fully half of the leaves and sometimes more are creamy white from base to tip. As Eddz Rongotea of Manawatu, New Zealand says, “Pure magic. They are plants that love wet feet and dry ankles.” Typical violet-purple iris flowers with broad falls and short standards occur late spring above the fantastic foliage. A flame-shaped signal, creamy white at its tips broadens and becomes more yellow as it extends towards the base of each of the three falls. Best performance will be achieved when set in full sun planted in rich, damp soil. 'Silverband' is a clumping perennial with moderately fast increase. Established potted Iris by division.


24-36 in



Characteristics and Attributes for Iris ensata 'Silverband'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn


  • Full Sun


  • Bog
  • Border
  • Natural Garden
  • Massing
  • Specimen

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Organic
  • Moist
  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Division

Genus Overview: Iris

Common Name: Iris

From small woodland species and tiny forms happy in a sunny trough to those that stretch to one's waist and higher irises are among the most beautiful and unique of herbaceous perennials. They come in an amazing array of colors with fans of foliage that provide textural contrast to other garden denizens long after the flowers have passed. None that we carry are especially common. All are beautiful in the full sun border with many adaptable to pond's edge. They want a home! Pot grown division unless otherwise indicated.