Iris cristata (Dwarf Crested Iris) Unity Grown

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Iris cristata, commonly referred to as dwarf crested iris, is a small, perennial wildflower that grows through much of the eastern United States in moist, full sun to part shade areas. In April, dwarf crested iris produces large flowers, up to three inches across, in shades of white, pale blue, and purple with 6 petal-like parts; flowers bloom atop very short stems, only three to six inches tall. With thick, rhizomatic roots, Iris cristata can form dense colonies, which produce an impressive visual effect in the spring.

Dwarf crested iris grows best in consistently moist but well-drained occasionally acidic sandy loams, such as those naturally found in pine barrens, sandy stream banks, or wooded slopes, and does well in shaded rock gardens, woodland plantings, or as a seasonal ground cover plant. Flowers have high aesthetic value for gardeners, but are also attractive to pollinators including hummingbirds and native bees. Iris cristata is additionally resistant to drought and deer damage.

Native to U.S., Native to Maryland, and Straight Species
Mature Plant Height: Very Short: under 12"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Rich Organic Matter, Acidic, Sand, and Loam
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: White, Blue, Purple, and Multi-color
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, and Groundcover
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, and Drought Tolerant
Garden Type: Woodland Garden, Small Space, and Rock Garden

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