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Iris cristata / Dwarf Crested Iris (Iris Family)

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This diminutive woodland iris will form a thick carpet of purple blooms in early spring. Blooms 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.

  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
Unknown & NC, asexually propagated