Its dense fans of broad ribbed glossy green sword like leaves are 12 long.
Japanese roof iris shade.
Other legends indicate it was used to ward off evil spirits.
Japenese roof iris as a plant collector rather than a garden designer i adore plants that are a bit out of the ordinary and if they come with a good history or story so much the better.
After noon shade in hot areas will benefit bloom.
It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.
Japanese iris are heavy feeders.
Iris tectorum alba has wide white flowers with yellow crests.
You can enjoy growing japanese iris plants with delicate blooms in moist and shady locations if you provide plenty of acidic water.
The short lived flowers come in white alba or blue violet and their form looks like butterflies.
Its foliage wide blades like bearded iris curves into an elegant cascade that is such an unusual texture in shade even dry shade.
Chad shows a pair of customers the root system of a ready to be divided iris.
The foliage may become a bit floppy with age.
Some sources suggest that when space became too precious for anything but food crops japanese women who used the powdered rhizomes as a face powder began growing iris tectorum on their thatch roofs.
Also known as japanese roof iris iris tectorum prefers part sun to sun with some afternoon protection and moist to average well drained.
Depending on your soil a liberal application of balanced fertilizer for acid loving plants rhododendron camellia in the spring just before or after bloom is beneficial.
The colony will slowly increase in size or you can speed the process along by dividing the plants in the fall.
Like all irises it should be planted with the rhizomes just at the surface of the soil.
It is very delicate and pretty but has an interesting past so it is no wonder that i love it.
Growing japanese iris plants are rarely bothered by disease or the borer which often attacks the traditional bearded iris.
Native to eastern asia and cultivated in japan for more than 500 years it prefers full sun to partial shade.
The rhizomes should be spaced 10 16 inches apart planted at 1 2 inches deep and will mature at soil level.
Japanese iris iris ensata is also known as japanese water iris.
The japanese roof iris is unique amongst irises because it grows about as well in the shade as in the sun.
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Japanese roof iris is one of those plants.
If happy it will reseed.
Iris tectorum alba will spread to form an attractive ground.
This simplifies their care and lets you just enjoy the flowers.
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Japanese roof iris is also useful in wet areas such as around ponds and fountains.
They prefer a sunny to part shade location in rich well drained soil and benefit from the shelter of a wall with western or southern exposure and winter mulch.