Iris cristata, Dwarf Crested Iris
Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Indigenous mostly to southern Virginia, this diminutive iris is also native to Fairfax and Prince William counties as well as seven counties in Pennsylvania and Maryland and in the District of Columbia. Its colorful blooms and easy culture make it a valuable addition to a woodland garden. Spring flowers in various shades of purple form a lovely carpet.
Print Version: Iris cristata, Dwarf Crested Iris
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Tags: Vinca minor – Periwinkle, Ranunculus ficaria – Lesser Celandine, Muscari botryoides, M. neglectum, & M. atlanticum – Grape Hyacinth, Hardiness: USDA Zones 3-9, Soil Requirements: Well-drained, acidic, Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade, Water Requirements: Moist, Attracts hummingbirds and bees, Toxic if eaten and may cause rash if touched, No serious diseases but snails and slugs may be a problem; deer rarely damage, Tolerates drought and dense shade, Spreads by rhizomes to form dense colonies, Bloom Color: Blue-violet with yellow and white, Mound-forming, herbaceous perennial, 5-6 inch, sword-like leaves remain green in color throughout the season and dense to the ground