The iris is a flower that blooms in late spring and early summer, usually peaking in June. These delicate flowers blossom everywhere in Japan during this time coloring the country with bright but elegant shades of violet, purple and yellow. Irises also make an appearance in historical documents, artworks, and food such as wagami sweets. There are many species of irises in Japan, including native water irises - hana shobu - and the Japanese iris - ayame. Fields of these flowers can be found in the wild and in parks and gardens throughout the country. The peak bloom time for irises is around mid June. Irises are a common flower in Japan due to their widespread popularity and long history.