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Iris ensata

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Japanese water iris
Cultivar(s):
Silverband
Categories:
Poisonous Plants, Water Garden
Comment:

Require a sunny site; best grown on water edges in damp, rich soil with aboundant moisture; remove plants from water garden in fall; divide about every three years after flowering; plant rhizomes about 1-2 in. deep

Description:
Perennial herbs from a rhizome or bulb; leaves strap-like, overlapping at base, oriented in one plane; flowers 1-several at the top of a naked stem, 6-parted with 3 outer, spreading or pendent "falls" and 3 inner, erect "standards", variously colored; fruit a capsule.
Height:
3 ft.
Flower:
White, pink, lavender, blue, violet, crimson, yellow butterfly-like flowers; many have bold markings; petals held horizontally; standards are smaller than falls
Poison Part:
Rhizomes (thickened roots) and rootstocks, fresh or dry.
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion, dermatitis.
Symptoms:
Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, elevated temperature following ingestion; skin irritation upon contact with seeds, rootstock, or cell sap.
Toxic Principle:
Irisin, iridin, or irisine.
Severity:
CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION MINOR, OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.
Found in:
Houseplant or interiorscape; forest or natural area in native woodlands, marshes, and shallow water; landscape in flower gardens

NCCES plant id: 2350

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