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 2017 convention will be held in Seattle, Washington on June 23rd and 24th. Please click here for our registration form. Look for our next convention that will be held near Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2020.

Click here for a Special Offer for THE JAPANESE IRIS, a wonderful book edited by Currier McEwen for The Society for Japanese Irises.

2017 Payne Medal winner 'John's Fancy'

2016 Payne Medal Winner
'John's Fancy' by Jill Copeland (2008)



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