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Iris japonica / Shaga シャガ

Bloom time: April-May

Iridaceae /


Species in the genus Iris:

Iris domestica / Hiougi
Iris ensata var. spontanea / Nohanashoubu
Iris gracilipes / Himeshaga
Iris japonica / Shaga
Iris laevigata / Kakitsubata
Iris pseudoacorus / Kishoubu
Iris sanguinea / Ayame
Iris sanguinea f. albiflora / Shiroayame

Iris japonica / Shaga シャガ

Iris japonica is an evergreen perennial many of which grow in colonies in forests; its leaves measure 30-60cm in length, 2-3.5cm in width, and green and glossy. Flower stalks grow to 30-70cm in height and branch at upper parts and set light white-purple flowers; the flowers, measuring 4-5cm in diameter, open in the morning and wither in the evening. Outer perianth lobes cut finely at the edges, giving orange-yellow dots plus crest-formed projections in the center portions and light purple dots around them. Inner perianth segments are small, and its tips are cleft in two and finely aperture afresh; thus, they look like petals. Bloom time: April-May.




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