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Lion King Iris
Lion King Iris

Lion King Iris

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Iris "Lion King" is a Japanese Iris. This extraordinary majestic plant produces gigantic 7-8 inch fully double blossoms with standards and falls much larger than the species. Each petal displays a wide grape purple edge that feathers into the pure white center. Tall stately perennial. Early Summer-bloomer.
Botanical name: Iris ensata 'Lion King'
Form: Herbaceous perennial
Hardiness Zone: 4-9 
Flower Color: Purple/white
Foliage type: Flat, linear, vein-less, upright, grass-like in appearance
Bloom time: 
30 inches
36 inches
Light requirements:
Full sun
Plant depth:
Shallow hole with root crown a half inch above soil line  

See "Growing Tips" for more detailed instructions
Growing Tips and Instructions

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Irises need at least half a day of sun and well-drained soil. Without enough sun, they won’t bloom. They prefer fertile, neutral to slightly acidic soil. If your soil is very acidic, sweeten it with a bit of lime, and forbear summer watering, which can lead to rot.

The best time to plant iris is May - September. This allows enough time for the flowers to become established before winter. Soil drainage is very important. Loosen the soil with a tiller or garden fork to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost.

Irises have rhizomes (fleshy roots) that should be partially exposed, or thinly covered with soil in hot climates. Plant rhizomes singly or in groups of three with the fans outermost, 1 to 2 feet apart, depending on the size. Dig a shallow hole 10 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep. Make a ridge of soil down the middle and place the rhizome on the ridge, spreading roots down both sides. Fill the hole with soil and firm it gently. Top-dress with a low-nitrogen fertilizer and water thoroughly.

After 2 to 5 years, when clumps become congested or lose vitality and stop blooming, divide and replant sound rhizomes in fresh soil. The best time to replant irises is soon after bloom. Transplant them to places where they will have “wet feet, but dry knees.” When transplanting, cut foliage back to 2–3 inches in length. This will allow the rhizomes to properly re-establish themselves in their new location.


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We guarantee safe arrival of healthy bulbs, that varieties will be true-to-name, and will grow if planted as instructed, subject to the limitations described in our Shipping and Returns Policy.

We begin shipping our bulbs, tubers, and perennials in mid-February through Spring. Upon arriving, your bulbs and most of your perennials may show signs of growth such as green leaves and sprouts - this is okay and transportation during this time should not harm the plants.

All bulbs and perennials should be planted in your garden as soon as possible to ensure the best success. If you must delay planting, open the bags to permit air circulation and place them out of direct sunlight in a cool, well-ventilated room. Do not place the bulbs where they can freeze. If you have the space, storing the bulbs in the refrigerator is another excellent way to “hold them” prior to planting. If you choose this method of storing your bulbs, be sure not to store fruit with them, as this is detrimental to bulbs.

Plant outdoors when the ground is no longer frozen and the conditions have improved for your zone.

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Sierra A.
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Healthy root

Plant grew well, nice healthy fresh root. I cant wait to see it bloom!

United States
Lion King Iris

My bulbs arrived in the timeframe promised and were in good condition. They were packed so they didn’t crowd each other but not to lose that they could move around and break off the tender sprouts. I am very, very excited to see them prosper & bloom! The bulbs/corms I have ordered in the past have always been very prolific bloomers and are still blooming to this day. The Lily Pad Bulb Farm is a delight to work with and they are always willing to answer any questions you may have about their products. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ to them!