There are at least seven wild species of irises found all over Japan. They are among the most celebrated of flowers in Japanese paintings and prints. 

Iris japonica (Fringed iris)

Iris japonica (Fringed iris)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “shaga” or Iris japonica or Fringed iris above, is found flowering in shady areas in the woods and in gardens, emerging at the end of April and flowering into May.

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