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Iris cristata

Dwarf Crested Iris

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Charming blue flowers float above sword-shaped leaves in spring. Use this beautiful but tough plant to edge a shady garden or path. It is also an effective, slow moving ground cover that attracts hummingbirds and native bees.

Benefits

  • Beautiful blue flowers in spring
  • Attracts Hummingbirds and beneficial insects
  • Will grow in dry shade under hardwood trees
  • Spreads quickly and forms a dense ground cover in optimum growing conditions
  • Spreading rhizomes hold soil in place; great on slopes

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in light shade in dry to moderately moist well-drained soil. If grown in full sun, the soil must be consistently moist. Can be planted on well-drained slopes making a great ground cover.


Height
6-9 Inches

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Spread
10-12 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Native Range

Rich wooded slopes and floodplains; Maryland to Oklahoma south to Georgia.

Native Trivia

Plants in the iris family have tight-knit root systems that hold soil in place, especially on erosion-prone slopes.

Characteristics & Attributes

Shade
Deer Resistant
Ground cover
Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Soil
Acidic
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Mammals
Bloom Time
Early Spring
Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
Dry Shade
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Green
Light Green
Uses
Border
Cut or dried flower
Edging
Erosion control
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
District of Columbia
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Maryland
Massachusetts
Mississippi
Missouri
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Virginia
West Virginia