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Iris japonica 'Eco Easter' - Eco Easter Japanese Evergreen Iris

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Iridaceae (Irises)
Origin: Asia, East (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender Blue
Bloomtime: Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Iris japonica 'Eco Easter' (Eco Easter Japanese Evergreen Iris) - A spreading evergreen perennial to 12 to 15 inches that grows in dense spreading clumps with broad fans of mid-green strap shaped leaves that rise up from shallowly rooted rhizomes. In early to mid-spring are reliably produced beautiful 2 inch wide lightly fragrant lavender-blue flowers that have a yellow base and with darker purple markings on the lower petals (the falls) with the inner lavender-blue petals (the standards) that are narrow with fringed tips. The multiple flowering stems rise just above the foliage, each holding 4 to 8 buds, in mid-spring that open in succession over several weeks. Plant in part sun or shade and water occasionally. Hardy to 0-5F and useful in USDA Zones 7a and above. Keep an eye out for snails as they can mar the attractive foliage but seemingly unattractive deer and other browsing animals. It is an easy plant to divide and spread around in one's own garden or to share with friends. This plant makes a very nice small scale groundcover and is a nice component with grasses, other perennials and bulbs for a natural meadow look. This plant was introduced to the trade by Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was bred by Don Jacobs in Decatur Georgia for it increased hardiness and particularly for being more floriferous than other Iris japonica selections. Iris japonica is a native of China and Japan and is also commonly known as Fringed Iris and Butterfly Flower'. We thank John Greenlee for bring our attention to this plant and for our propagation stock on it. Image on this page courtesy of Plant Delights Nursery.  The information on this page is based on our research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Iris japonica 'Eco Easter'.