Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Crested Iris

Iris cristata
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June)
Main Color: Blue
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

5 to
7
inches

Spread:

12 to
inches
Size
Height: 5 to
7
inches
Spread: 12 to
inches
Size
Height: 5 to
7
inches
Spread: 12 to
inches
Typical Landscape Use
This is a tough plant that works well edging a shady garden or path. It is an effective, slow moving ground cover. Use in borders, native plant gardens, wild gardens and shady rock gardens.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in light shade with dry to average, well-drained soil. Can be fussy. Short bloom time.
Special Features
Special Usage
Ground Cover
Basic Description

Blue flowers in April. Foliage is attractive all through the summer.

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