Dwarf crested Iris
Scientific Name Pronounciation:
Plant Hardiness Zones:
Plant Hardiness Zone(s):
4-9 in. H X 6-12 in. W
Typical iris flower with three standards and three falls (sepals), but on a very short stem so that it often appears stemless; flowers are pale purple with a yellow crest on the falls.
Bloom Time Notes:
Sword-shaped, about 6 inches long, and yellow-green to medium green.
Flowers are pollinated by bees.
Rocky, wooded slopes, usually along streams in rich woods.
Division of rhizomes in early fall or seed sown as soon as ripe with no cold stratification.
Sun or Shade:
Dwarf crested Iris (Iris cristata) grows best in partial shade, but can grow in full sun if kept moist; does best in humus-rich soil; can spread quickly via its branching rhizomes to form dense colonies if conditions are right; snails and slugs can be a problem on occasion. Can be used as a ground cover.
The color can vary from deep purple all the way to almost white.
Other Scientific Names: Neubeckia cristata