Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina

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  • Product Info

    Dwarf Crested Iris (Iris cristata)
    Iris Family
    This diminutive woodland iris will form a thick carpet of purple blooms in early spring. Flowers are short-lived, but the foliage remains attractive throughout the season. Prefers part shade conditions in average to dry soils–that means this could be the plant for that tricky dry shade area. Will spread indefinitely by rhizomes over time. Do not plant too deep–it’s normal and desired to have some of the rhizome above the soil line.

    Blooms:
      Purple, 2-3 weeks, Mar-Apr
    Leaves: 6” long, arching, linear leaves, nice medium green
    Height: 4-10"
    Space: 12-18" 
    Soil: Dry, Average, Moist
    Exposure: Part sun-Part shade
    Fauna: Bees, Hummingbirds
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 3-9
    Native Status: NC native, common in the Piedmont and Mountains, uncommon in the Sandhills
    Provenance:
    Unknown & NC, asexually propagated