Dwarf Crested Iris

$799

Dwarf Crested Iris

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The Dwarf Crested Iris, in Latin names Iris cristata, is a small, herbaceous perennial that typically grows 6-8 inches tall and spreads by rhizomes to form dense colonies. Native to eastern North America, it is commonly found in wooded areas, stream banks, and other moist habitats.

Dwarf Crested Irises Lovely Flowers

The plant's flowers are showy and attractive, with pale blue to lavender petals adorned with a distinctive crested ridge. The blooms appear mid to late spring and are held above the foliage on slender stems.

Uses Of Dwarf Crested Iris

The plant's low-growing habit makes it an excellent choice for edging water features such as ponds and streams. Planting it along the water's edge can create a natural transition from the water to the surrounding landscape.

  1. Ground cover: The plant's rhizomatous growth habit allows it to spread quickly and form a dense ground cover. This can be useful in areas where erosion control is needed, or other plants are struggling to grow.
  2. Naturalizing: Because the plant is native to eastern North America, it can be an excellent choice for naturalizing around water features. Planting it in large colonies allows you to create a naturalistic, low-maintenance landscape that blends seamlessly with the surrounding environment.
  3. Accent plant: The distinctive blooms can also be used as an accent plant near water features. Planting them strategically can draw attention to specific areas of your landscape and create a focal point for visitors to enjoy.

The plant is a flower often found throughout many states, including the U.S. Its primary stems range from dark green to light yellow and usually have two to eight branches. The sickle-shaped leaves are brown and green.


Bunches of the plant tend to branch together and creep over entire flowerbeds. The characteristic light lavender blossom appears from spring to early summer. The end of its yearly cycle comes in winter when it becomes dormant.

Dwarf Crested Iris' Blooms


Sometimes, these blossoms are white or even pink. They have two pairs of petals: three on the outside and three on the inside. After this blossoming, the flower continues to grow. It reproduces by making a capsule full of seeds after the blossom appears.

The Dwarf Crested Iris was first introduced to England in the mid-18th century. It was already native to America, where it flourishes in the previously mentioned areas. It does well in woodland areas, mountainous areas, rocky hillsides, ravine bottoms, and along streams.

Dwarf Crested Iris Requirements


Dwarf Crested Iris also does best in well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. It can survive in sunny areas but is best in semi-shaded and cool regions. This flower is famous for gardeners planting a rock garden. If you plan to use it for the first time, be aware that you should apply peat and sharp sand first.

Gardeners will also want to know its primary enemies: snails, slugs, deer, iris borer, verbena bud moth, whiteflies, iris weevil, thrips, aphids, and nematodes. After planting, it can grow up to ten years. It is expected in most nurseries and, therefore, easy to find.


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