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 well-drained 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

Aki No Nishiki Aki no nishiki Hayashi <1887, Reg.1995 $10.00
Amethyst’s
Sister

Harris 2012 $10.00
Angelic Choir
Angelic
Choir

Harris 200

 

$10.00
Artesian Spring
Artesian
Spring

Harris 2010 $10.00
Ashi No Ukifune Ashi no ukifune Mitsuda 1966, Reg. 1993 $10.00
Avalanche Express
Avalanche
Express

Harris 2000 Sold Out
Banjo Blues
Banjo
Blues

Bauer/Coble 2005 $10.00
Bewitching Twilight
Bewitching
Twilight
PM 2013
Harris 2000 $10.00
Bushido Harris 2020 $30.00
Butterflies
In Flight

PM 1998
Aitken 1991 $10.00
Caprician
Butterfly

PM 1994
Marx, by Rodgers 1985 $10.00
Carol
Johnson
McEwen, by Whitney 2011 $10.00
Cascade
Crest

PM 1995
Aitken 1988 $10.00
Cascade
Rain

PM 2019
Harris 2008 $10.00
Cascade
Spice
Reid 1989 $10.00
Celestial
Emperor
Harris 2011 Sold Out
Columbia
Crest
Harris 2015 $10.00
Columbia
Deep Water
PM 2021
Harris 2013 $10.00
Dalle
Whitewater

PM 2021
Harris 2011 $10.00
Dancing
Waves
PA 1968
Payne 1964 $10.00
Dirigo
Devil
White 1992 $10.00
Dragon
Tapestry
Harris 2012 $10.00
Electric
Rays

PM 1997
Aitken 1990 $10.00
Embossed Marx 1956 $10.00
Flamingo
Waltz
Harris 2014 $10.00
Frosted
Intrigue
Bauer/Coble 1997 $10.00
Geishunka Mitsuda Reg. by SJI 1995 $10.00
Gosan no takara Unknown <1940, Reg.1992 $10.00
Gyokuhōren Gyokuhōren Unknown <1887, Reg. 1939 $10.00
Hime
Kagami
Hirao 1976 $10.00
Honour McEwen 2001 Sold Out
Indigo
Angel

PM 2019
Bauer/Coble 2011 $10.00
Japanese
Plum
Harris 2010 $10.00
Jewelled
Sea
Payne 1969 $10.00
Knip Won Knip Won Copeland 2017 $20.00
Koto Harp
Strings
Harris 2016 $10.00
Kumoishō Kumoishō Unknown <1887, Reg. 1939 $10.00
Kyomai Kyomai Mitsuda <1985, Reg.1993 $10.00
Lake
Effect
PM 2011
Bauer/Coble 2004 $10.00
Lion
King

PM 2003
Bauer/Coble 1996 $10.00
Little Bow
Pink

PM 2009
Delmez 1998 $10.00
Maine
Elegance
McEwen by Whitney 2009 $10.00
JI Mulberry Halos. Mulberry
Halos
Harris 2019 $25.00
My
Elisabeth
McEwen by Whitney 2008 Sold Out
Night
Angel
Aitken 1996 $10.00
Niji No Tomoe Niji no tomoe pbly Matsudaira Shōō <1856, Reg. 1994 $10.00
Nishikiori Shimizu 1997 $10.00
Nobori ryu Nobori ryu Matsudaira Shōō <1856, Reg.1994 $10.00
Ol’man
River
McEwen 1987 $10.00
Oriental
Classic
McEwen 1988 $10.00
Picotee
Princess

PM 2001
Reid 1992 $10.00
Pink
Playmate
Harris 2018 $20.00
Pleasant
Earlybird
Harris 1996 $10.00
Pleasant
Sandman
Harris 1998 $10.00
Renjō No Tara Renjō no tama Matsudaira Shōō <1856, Reg. 1992 $10.00
Rose
World
Reid 1989 $10.00
Sakuragawa Sakuragawa pbly Matsudaira Shōō <1856, Reg. 1938 $10.00
Sanded Treasure Harris 2020 $30.00
Shining
Prince
Hirao 1992 $10.00
Silent
Thunder
Bauer/Coble 1996 $10.00
Silverband Bauer/Coble 1989 $10.00
JI Simple Grace. Simple
Grace
Harris 2019 $25.00
Stella
Niagara
Rettig 1995 $10.00
Sugar
Dome

PM 2015
Bauer/Coble 2008 $10.00
Summer
Storm
Marx 1955 Sold Out
Sunrise
Ridge
Harris 2007 $10.00
Tatsutagawa Tatsutagawa Matsudaira Shōō <1856, Reg. 1994 $10.00
Thoroughbred McEwen 1999 $10.00
Tsuru No Kegoromo Tsuru No Kegoromo Matsudaira Shōō <1856, Reg. 1939 $10.00
Tuptim
PA 1978
Rich 1974 Sold Out
JI Warai Hotei Warai hotei Kotakaen <1910 $10.00
Yamataikoku Yamataikoku Kamo 1979 $10.00
Yuzen
Yuzen Ichie 1994 $10.00
Zama No Mori Zama No Mori Musashien 1863, Reg. 1939 $10.00