Japanese Iris (JI)

Iris ensata

Iris ensata have been selectively bred from wild forms found in northern Asia. Their cultural needs are very demanding, if met they will reward you with a magnificent display of color approximately 2-3 weeks after Tall Bearded bloom. Peak bloom in our garden is the last two weeks of June. Culture has a great influence; please refer to the culture page. Note: Grow as you would a productive Summer time vegetable garden, with moist rich soil (no lime or bone-meal). 

Mt. Pleasant Iris is a National Display Garden for Japanese Iris, and Chad has a great passion for these plants. Due to the abundance of information on each cultivar, please click on the image to be taken to another page with a full description and more details. Height, number of branches, and buds, were taken when the plants were three years old, and grown to my best ability.

Payne Award/Medal: The Payne Medal, named for W. Arlie Payne, is the highest award given by the American Iris Society that a Japanese iris can receive in its class. Payne Medal winners are then eligible to win the Dykes Medal, which is the highest award an iris can receive from The American Iris Society. 1992 and prior the highest award a Japanese Iris could receive was the Payne Award. This award has now been elevated to a medal status.   A brief of  W. Arlie Payne by Clarence Mahan.

​Mt Pleasant Iris Farm is pleased to offer many top award winners for your garden. Payne Award: PW​  Payne Medal: PM

Amethyst
Actress

Harris 2009 Sold Out
Amethyst's Sister
Amethyst’s
Sister

Harris 2012 Sold Out
Angelic Choir
Angelic
Choir

Harris 200

 

Sold Out
Artesian Spring
Artesian
Spring

Harris 2010 Sold Out
Asian Festival
Asian
Festival

Harris 2002 $10.00
Avalanche Express
Avalanche
Express

Harris 2000 Sold Out
Banjo Blues
Banjo
Blues

Bauer/Coble 2005 Sold Out
Bewitching Twilight
Bewitching
Twilight
PM 2013
Harris 2000 Sold Out
Blushing Snowmaiden
Blushing
Snowmaiden


Harris 2000 Sold Out
Bushido Harris 2020 Sold Out
Butterflies
In Flight

PM 1998
Aitken 1991 Sold Out
Caprician
Butterfly

PM 1994
Marx, by Rodgers 1985 Sold Out
Carol
Johnson
McEwen, by Whitney 2011 Sold Out
Cascade
Crest

PM 1995
Aitken 1988 Sold Out
Cascade
Rain

PM 2019
Harris 2008 Sold Out
Cascade
Spice
Reid 1989 Sold Out
Celestial
Emperor
Harris 2011 Sold Out
Coho
PM 2012
Harris 2005 Sold Out
Columbia
Crest
Harris 2015 Sold out
Columbia
Deep Water
Harris 2013 Sold Out
Dalle
Whitewater
Harris 2011 Sold Out

Dancing
Waves
PA 1968
Payne 1964 Sold Out
Dirigo
Devil
White 1992 Sold Out
Dragon
Tapestry
Harris 2012 Sold Out
Electric
Rays

PM 1997
 Aitken 1990  Sold Out
 Embossed Marx 1956 Sold Out
Evelyn
White
White 2008 Sold Out
Flamingo
Waltz
Harris 2014 Sold Out
Freckled
Peacock
Harris 2002 Sold Out
Frosted
Intrigue
Bauer/Coble 1997 $10.00
Geishunka Mitsuda Reg. by SJI 1995 Sold Out
Hekiun
Ichie 1989 Sold Out
Hime
Kagami
Hirao 1976 Sold Out
Honour McEwen 2001 Sold Out
Indigo
Angel

PM 2019
Bauer/Coble 2011 Sold Out
Jaciva Harris 1992 Sold Out
Japanese
Plum
Harris 2010 Sold Out
Jewelled
Sea
Payne 1969 Sold Out
Koto Harp
Strings
Harris 2016 Sold Out
Lake
Effect
PM 2011
Bauer/Coble 2004 Sold Out
Lion
King

PM 2003
Bauer/Coble 1996 Sold Out
Little Bow
Pink

PM 2009
Delmez 1998 Sold Out
Love
Goddess
Payne 1966 Sold Out
Maine
Elegance
McEwen by Whitney 2009 Sold Out
JI Mulberry Halos. Mulberry
Halos
Harris 2019
Sold Out
My
Elisabeth
McEwen by Whitney 2008 Sold Out
Neptune’s
Trident
Harris 2011 Sold Out
Night
Angel
Aitken 1996 $10.00
Nishikiori Shimizu 1997 $10.00
Ol’man
River
McEwen 1987 $10.00
Oriental
Classic
McEwen 1988 Sold Out
Pagoda
Temple
Harris 2017 Sold Out
Peacock
Strut
Hirao, by Hager 1978 Sold Out

Picotee
Princess

PM 2001
Reid 1992 Sold Out
Pink
Playmate
Harris 2018 Sold Out

Pleasant
Earlybird
Harris 1996 Sold Out
Pleasant
Sandman
Harris 1998 $10.00
Pleasant
Starburst
Harris 1998 Sold Out
Rose
World
Reid 1989 Sold Out
Sanded Treasure Harris 2020 $45.00
Satozakura Kamo 1993 Sold Out
Shining
Prince
Hirao 1992 Sold Out
Silent
Thunder
Bauer/Coble 1996 Sold Out
Silverband Bauer/Coble 1989 $10.00
JI Simple Grace. Simple
Grace
Harris 2019
Sold Out
Southern
Son
McEwen 1990 Sold Out
Stella
Niagara
Rettig 1995 Sold Out
Sugar
Dome

PM 2015
Bauer/Coble 2008 Sold Out
Summer
Storm
Marx 1955 Sold Out
Sunrise
Ridge
Harris 2007 Sold Out
Thorough-
bred
McEwen 1999 Sold Out
Tuptim
PA 1978
Rich 1974 Sold Out
Yamataikoku
Yama-
taikoku

Kamo 1979 Sold Out
Yuzen
Yuzen
Ichie 1994 Sold Out