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Iris cristata 'Alba'

White Crested Iris

A beautiful groundcover, this plant sports masses of pure white flowers with yellow crests from mid April through May against the backdrop of flat, wide, sword-like foliage. Its considerable flower show provides an early nectar source for hummingbirds and native bees and provides cover for other wildlife. 

Benefits

  • Attracts hummingbirds and naive bees
  • Deer resistant!
  • Long blooming and a great early nectar source
  • Great groundcover for shaded areas
  • Thrives in moist soils but tolerates some dryness
  • Spreading roots hold erosive soils well
  • Great cover for woodland wildlife

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers rich, well-drained soils in full to partial shade. If grown in the full sun, the soil must remain consistently moist



Height
8-10 Inches

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Spread
12-18 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Native Range

Rich wooded slopes from Pennsylvania west to Missouri and south to Mississippi and Georgia

Native Trivia

The Fleur-de-lis which was most likely an iris is a symbol that has been used by Kings as far back as the 6th century by King Clovis of the Franks.

Characteristics & Attributes

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