Iris laevigata (blue) (Rabbit ear Iris, Japanese water Iris)

Iris laevigata has flowers that vary from true blue to purple blue, with a line of white at the throat.

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Iris laevigata is a native of waterside in Japan and is shorter than the other major groups of water Iris at 60cm. The flowers vary from true blue to purple blue, with a line of white at the throat. Certainly one of the most beautiful water Iris, but can be quite challenging to grow in less than ideal conditions. It likes acid soil conditions and rich soil in shallow water. This is a difficult plant to propagate; I have struggled with it for years, and losses on transplantation can be high, so I can’t really recommend it to the amateur. I note that some other suppliers have given up with it altogether! I will supply healthy well grown plants but I cannot accept responsibility for losses on this one. Even though this is a true water Iris I have had more success when growing it in very wet soil just above water level. Only available in small numbers.

Plant max height CM Planting depth cm Flowering from month Flowering to month Availability from month Availability to month
50 0-10 5 6 4 9


From April to August this plant will only be available mail order in x 10 bare root packs subject to seasonality and stock. It is also available at the nursery in various potted options.


1 x bare root, 3 x bare root, 10 x bare root, 1 x P9 pot, 3 x P9 pot, 1 x 1 litre pot, 3 x 1 litre pot, 1 x 2 litre pot, 1 x 3 litre pot, 1 x 3.5 litre pot


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