Iris 'Lion King'

Iris 'Lion King'
Iris 'Lion King'

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Award-winning beardless Japanese iris with giant 7- to 8-inch blooms
SKU 31565
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Key Characteristics

4 - 9

Mature Height

4 Feet

Mature Width

2.3 Feet

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained, Wet

Soil Type

Normal, loamy, Clay, Sandy

Description / Iris 'Lion King'

Introducing the 'Lion King' Japanese Iris, a botanical masterpiece revered with the prestigious Payne Medal in 2003 by the American Iris Society.

Plant 'Lion King' during late summer to early fall, and witness its magnificent display in the following early summer season. Adorned with colossal 7- to 8-inch fully double flowers, each blossom showcases a pristine white throat, a radiant yellow signal, and exquisitely ruffled petals edged with a feathery grape-purple hue. Often boasting up to 3 buds per stem, 'Lion King' blooms proudly on tall, statuesque stems, gracing narrow, grass-like foliage that remains vibrant throughout the season.

This beardless purple Japanese iris not only captivates the eye but also serves as a vital hub for pollinators, attracting and sustaining bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds with its nectar- and pollen-rich flowers. Furthermore, its blooms make striking additions to summer bouquets, exuding elegance and charm.

'Lion King' is renowned for its rapid growth, offering instant bursts of color to any landscape. As a clump-forming, rhizomatous perennial, it spreads and multiplies annually, creating captivating displays when planted in expansive drifts or groupings in mixed beds, borders, or containers.

Thriving in sunny to partially shady locations, 'Lion King' prefers fertile, humus-rich soil with a slightly acidic pH. This moisture-loving plant demands consistent watering, particularly in environments with medium to wet soil conditions. Ideal for water gardens or near ponds and streams, 'Lion King' flourishes where the water table is high but doesn't submerge its roots. Insufficient moisture can hinder growth and bloom development.

Resilient to salt and resistant to deer and rabbits, this purple iris flower offers a hassle-free gardening experience. However, it's important to note that while this plant is stunning, it's not considered pet-friendly.

Experience the enchantment of the 'Lion King' Japanese Iris?a symphony of purple hues that adds a touch of regal elegance to any garden landscape.

Iris flowers are unique and hardy with different planting forms including rhizomes and bulbs, that make them easy to plant, divide, and multiply. Colorful options that include traditional purples and blues in addition to bi-colored varieties.

Product Details

Item Form Bareroot
Genus Iris
Species ensata
Variety 'Lion King'
Product Classification Perennials
Habit Upright
USDA Zone Low 4
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Bloom Color Purple
Max Bloom Size 8.00
Bloom Season Start Early Summer
Bloom Season End Early Summer
Resistance Deer Resistance, Pest Resistant
Special Features Award Winner, Butterfly Lovers, Double Blooms, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Hummingbird Lovers
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers
Zone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions GU, PR, VI

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