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The most well-known Iris ensata are the Japanese Iris, which have nothing in common with our classic garden irises. They thrive in full sun or partial shade, in moist to wet soils. The flowers, measuring 10 to 15cm (4 to 6in) in diameter, are composed of 3 large flattened sepals topped with 3 thinner petals. There are numerous cultivars with pink, purple, blue, or white flowers, some of which have sepals that are occasionally striped or painted black, blue, or violet. Often grown on the banks of ponds and basins, Iris ensata, like many marsh plants, can tolerate having their "feet" in the water during summer but do not tolerate being submerged during winter, especially if it is freezing. Plant them in heavy soil forming a slight depression, at the bottom of a slope or on a bank where the soil becomes moist through capillary action.

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