By Shidara, 1988

Although this is actually a Siberian Iris, it does look like a Japanese iris and is sometimes mistakenly listed as one. The stiff grassy foliage is about 2 feet tall with the 3-4 inch blooms in mass above the foliage in June.

iris siberian rikugi sakura

iris siberian rikugi sakura

These beauties are hardy to zone 4 some even say zone 3 and prefer slightly acidic moist soil. They can tolerate wet feet at the edge of your pond, but will also grow in standard garden soil.

The big bi-colored flowers have a wheel like shape to them. There are 6 petals with lavender falls and 3 signals which are also lavender. The center of the bloom is cream to cinnamon in color.