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Iris cristata

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ground Covers

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, average

Height: 4"-6"

Bloom Time: April, May

Bloom Color: violet, purple, blue

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts hummingbirds, clumping, colonizing, deer resistant, shade garden plant

Flowers of Iris cristata (dwarf crested iris)
  • Flowers of Iris cristata (dwarf crested iris)
  • Flowers of Iris cristata (dwarf crested iris)
  • Flowers of Iris cristata (dwarf crested iris)
  • Flowers of Iris cristata (dwarf crested iris)

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Description

Iris cristata

Also known as:

dwarf crested iris

,

crested iris

Scientific Synonyms:

Neubeckia cristata

Description

Iris cristata might be a small plant, but it's high in charm and visual appeal. The arching leaves are broad, and form dense mats a mere 4 to 6" tall. It is a prolific bloomer, with vibrant violet flowers bearing a distinctive yellow or white crest. The blooming period occurs from mid-spring to early summer.

Cultivation

Dwarf crested irises perform spectacularly well in full to part shade, and average soil. Once established, the plants are remarkably drought tolerant, and are perfectly adapted to the dry summer conditions typical of mesic deciduous woodlands. It can be grown in part-sun, if the soil is kept moist. Plants spread rapidly by a rhizomatous root system to form dense colonies and a formidable ground cover. Zones 5-8

Propagation

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.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Iridaceae Iris family
Genus Iris iris
Species Iris cristata dwarf crested iris