Welcome to the Society for Japanese Iris! We are a community of Japanese
Iris enthusiasts dedicated to cultivating, hybridizing, and promoting
the Japanese iris. Our society includes members from around the world.
Native to Japan, Iris ensata
(Japanese Iris) are the last iris
to bloom, generally several weeks after tall bearded iris (late June or
early July). They tend to be tall (3 to 4 feet) with large, colorful
flowers (up to 10 inches in diameter). The Japanese iris will be the
show piece of any landscape.
The SJI is a section of the American Iris Society. Members convene for
an annual meeting as part of each AIS National Convention. Every three
years, we come together at our own iris convention for fellowship and to
focus on current Japanese iris hybridizing. Our 2011 convention was
located in Portland, Oregon, and our 2014 convention will be held in
for THE JAPANESE IRIS,
a wonderful book edited by Currier McEwen for The Society for Japanese
2016 Payne Medal Winner
'John's Fancy' by Jill Copeland (2008)
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