Dwarf Crested Iris (Iris cristata)

Dwarf Crested Iris Iris cristata

Scientific Name: Iris cristata
Common Name: Dwarf crested iris
Description of facts and concepts: A low growing, rapidly spreading plant that features lilac and lavender flowers during April. Seeds are unreliable because of poor set, but should be sown fresh. Much easier is to lift the rhizomes (roots) and divide them into pieces in late fall. The plants do not like to be in pots so they should be planted out directly. The flowers come in blue or white with a tiny gold beard. The perfect small ground cover for acid woods.
Seed or division information: Divisions of the rhizomes
Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): May W3
Garden Name: Shady Woodland Garden
Color of Flower: Blue
Height: 6″
Spread: 4″
Family: Iris family
Soil Type: Base to Acidic Acidic Woodland Soil
Soil: Dry to Wet Moist
Light: Sun to Shade Shade
Zone 4-10 Zones 4-8