Dwarf Crested Iris

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One of our most famous North American native irises, often hard to find. Small plants with big flowers. (Iris cristata)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Plants for Small Spaces
Plants for Small Spaces
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 6-10" tall, 6-12" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
SKU 37IRIS3

Plant Information

Like a gleaming jewel, this is one of the most treasured dwarf irises worldwide. The plants may be small (about 6"), but as you can see in the photos, the flowers are large and flashy. Its important to plant these little treasures close to a pathway, or in some other area where larger plants wont hide them. They like partial shade in the south, but are happy in full sun in the north. Either place, they need plenty of moisture and when happy, will spread by above-ground rhizomes and form large mats of bloom. This is a classic, often hard-to-find North American plant, great for wild gardens.
Associated SKUs
37IRISG
37FIRIS3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
37IRIS3 (Bag of 3)
Common Name Dwarf Crested Iris
Botanical Name Iris cristata
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 6-10" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 6-12" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late spring
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Plants for Small Spaces, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsDwarf Crested Iris
 
2.7

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1.0

Disappointed-will not try again

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from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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Pros

    Cons

    • Flowers Never Produced

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Dwarf Crested Iris:

      Product was advertised for shady areas but never grew to produce any flower.

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      1.0

      Didn't grow

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      from Vernon, CT

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      Comments about American Meadows Dwarf Crested Iris:

      Maybe it was me, but these irises never took hold.

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      4.0

      Looking for fuller growth by next year

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      from Oak Ridge, TN

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy

      Cons

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        • Garden

        Comments about American Meadows Dwarf Crested Iris:

        Product as arrived was rather puny. Some concern about survival, but it held up well in first-year full shade heat. Anticipating nice blooms and more growth next year.

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        4.0

        Healthy plants!

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        from Midlothian, VA

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

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            Comments about American Meadows Dwarf Crested Iris:

            The all plants established well - and this spring came up MUCH bigger than last year - starting to spread a bit. As per another review, mine did not bloom this year, but they may take a bit longer to do this in the half sun/half shade area in which mine are planted. They plants are really, really healthy - if they had bloomed this year it would have been 5 stars!

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            1.0

            Did not grow

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            from Jacksonville,Fl

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            Comments about American Meadows Dwarf Crested Iris:

            I purchased these bulbs last year and they did not do well at all and eventually died. I put them in pots, this was my first experience with iris in my Florida garden.

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            5.0

            Great plants!

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            from Crownsville, MD

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            Comments about American Meadows Dwarf Crested Iris:

            I ordered 3 bags of these irises (9 total plants), and all of the roots sent up shoots this year. There were even a couple extra roots, and they also survived. While none flowered this year, the plants still look great. I am looking forward to next year in hopes they will be established enough to flower. :)

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            USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

            To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

            • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
            • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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