Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Bulbs
Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, average
Bloom Time: March, April, May
Bloom Color: violet, blue
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts hummingbirds, clumping, colonizing, deer resistant, fragrant flowers, shade garden plant
Pricing & Availability
Iris cristataAlso known as:
dwarf crested iris,
At only about 6" tall, Iris cristata is a very low iris, but high on charm. Beautiful crested, or bearded, 3" violet flowers are nestled among the arching leaf blades in spring. It is native to southern and mid-western wooded uplands.
Ideal in part shade, the dwarf crested iris does well in average to acidic soil. Too rich a soil will lead to foliage over growth. Like most irises, it does not like to have "wet feet". It will readily colonize. May bloom from March to May. Zones 5-7
Best propagated by root division in fall, when the leaves start dying back, but may also be propagated from seed. Seeds need to be sowed while fresh and may take up to 3 years to produce a blooming plant.
The dwarf crested iris is an ideal plant for shade gardens, where it will attract hummingbirds and bees. The crested, or bearded, flowers make it easy to distinguish from the Iris verna which has a similar native range.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, DC, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: MD, PA
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