This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Japanese water iris
- Poisonous Plants, Water Garden
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
- 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.
- 3 ft.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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