Iris cristata
Iris cristata photo Missouri Botanical Garden

Dwarf Crested Iris

This charming little woodland native has green, sword-like, upright foliage that spreads by thick rhizomes. Over time, in the right condtions it can spread to be a dense mat. Its beautiful pale blue flowers have golden falls. This early spring bloomer will make a carpet of blue at the same time as the spring bulbs bloom. The folaige tends to go a little summer dormant especially if it dries out.

  • Size: 1 gallon
  • Height: 7.5-15 cm (3-6 in)
  • Spread: 15-30 cm (6-12 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3-9
  • Sun or Shade: part to full shade
  • Bloom Time: early spring
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: blue
  • Critter Resistance: deer

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Iris cristata needs organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade. It will tolerate close to full shade. The more sun it receives the more there is a need for regular watering. Plants will quickly naturalize by branching rhizomes if they are happy. In the wild it typically occurs on rocky, wooded slopes and bluffs.