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Dwarf Crested Iris

SKU: AM014042
per Plant - 3" Pot
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A native star of the spring season, Dwarf Crested Iris delights gardeners with vigorous lilac blooms on low growing, deer-resistant foliage. It’s perfect for both rock or woodland gardens, as it can be grown in part shade to full shade and spreads over time. In classic beds or borders, this sweet little iris should be placed front and center for prime viewing. (Iris cristata)
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Botanical Name
Iris cristata
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Native, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Easy To Grow, Naturalizes, Small Spaces, Rock Gardens
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height
4-8" tall
Bloom Time
Early to late spring


This hardy little plant is often hard to find in garden centers, but it isn’t difficult to grow – making it a uniquely easy accent for a sunny or partly-shaded spot. Strappy foliage rises to approximately six inches, then upward-facing blossoms open wide in shades of lilac-blue with a white and gold patch on the outer three petals. Like most iris, they should be planted with some of the rhizome visible above the soil in a well-draining spot. Dwarf Crested Iris is an early spring bloomer, and thus makes a wonderful companion for primroses, or ephemeral beauties such as trout lilies and trillium. It’s a vigorous spreader, and can be used very successfully as a ground cover, particularly in woodland gardens where the dagger-like foliage will not be burned by the sun. This classic, often hard-to-find North American plant is great for wild gardens.