Dwarf Crested Iris
The Dwarf Crested Iris Plant
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, and is commonly found in wooded areas, stream banks, and other moist habitats.
The flowers of the Dwarf Crested Iris 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
Edging: The low-growing habit of the Dwarf Crested Iris 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.
- Ground cover: The rhizomatous growth habit of the Dwarf Crested Iris 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.
- Naturalizing: Because the Dwarf Crested Iris 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.
- Accent plant: The distinctive blooms of the Dwarf Crested Iris 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.