Japanese iris, Iris ensata besides the varied flower forms has some of the most diverse patterns that blend colors in the iris world. This being said when there are only three colors at this time available to Iris ensata. White or Alba, Red-violet, and Blue-violet, however these violet colors come in a full range of pale pastels to dark almost black in tone. Patterns
‘Flamingo Waltz’ Self Pattern: a solid mono color without any visible markings or other patterns. The color of ‘Flamingo Waltz’ and other so called pinks are just a pastel red-violet. If you would hold a pink rose next to this bloom your eye will see that the color is actually lilac.
‘Embossed’ Halo Pattern: most times easier to see on the flower than to photograph, not very common however when present can be very striking. It is the dark coloring found surrounding the Signal, the bright yellow spot found on all Japanese iris, Iris ensata.
‘Yuzen’ Rimmed Pattern: a flower with a sharp linear line around the petals. This can be a colored rim such as ‘Yuzen’ shown here, or it can be a rim of a lighter coloring than the color of the petals.
‘Sunrise Ridge’ Banded Pattern: similar to the rim only wider with the coloring on the flower petal.
‘Blushing Snowmaiden’ Brushed or Washed Pattern: looks as if the color was lightly brush painted on.
‘Pleasant Sandman’ Sanded Pattern: are very fine dots of color similar to looking at the funnies in the paper with a magnifying glass.
‘Freckled Peacock’ Freckled Pattern: If a flower has large random dots of color is said to be freckled.