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The Japanese Water Iris (Iris ensata) is a flowering rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant in the Iridaceae family. 

It is native to Asia, in countries such as China, Korea, Japan, and Russia. It grows in shallow waters and still ponds.

It grows to about 80 centimetres (31 inches) tall.

It has floppy, sword-shaped, lime-green leaves.

The flower has broad, pendant falls with a dark, speckled ridge and slightly narrower, upright standards. It is purple-blue with bright yellow on the falls. It has three petals about 8-10 centimetres (3-4 inches) wide. 

The Japanese Water Iris blooms mid-summer.

Photographed at the Paris Botanical Garden, France, April 2022.

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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