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Iris cristata

Dwarf Crested Iris

Scientific Name:

Iris cristata

Genus:

Iris

Species Epithet:

cristata

Common Name:

Dwarf Crested Iris

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Iridaceae (Iris Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Purple, Violet

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist forests, rich woods, roadbanks, streambanks (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont; rare in the Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Plants in Bloom

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Tom Harville's garden, April 2004
© Tom Harville

Closeup of Bloom

The white variety! (Iris cristata var. alba)

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Tom Harville's garden, April 2004
© Tom Harville

More Plants in Bloom

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© Jean Woods

Another Closeup of Bloom

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Tom Harville's garden
© Tom Harville

I. cristata - I. verna Comparison

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David McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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