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Iris cristata

Native Plants

Dwarf Crested Iris

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The colorful blooms and easy culture of dwarf crested iris (Iris cristata) make it a valuable addition to the shady, native woodland garden. In mid spring, this attractive perennial groundcover is a mass of pale to deep-violet blooms that reach 4-6” in height. Its 5-6” long, sword-like leaves arise from small rhizomes that quickly spread, to form impressive colonies with a unique textural quality. Dwarf crested iris does well in average, well-drained woodland soils in shade to partial shade and, once established, is dependably drought tolerant. It complements other woodland plants such as woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata), sessile-leaf bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia), wild geranium (Geranium maculatum), golden-seal (Hydrastis canadensis), and yellow trillium (Trillium luteum). Zones 3-9.  

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  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
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  • Flower Color
    blue, purple 
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    green, tan