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Dwarf Crested Iris

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Dwarf Crested Iris has masses of beautiful lavender flag-like flowers with powder blue overtones, white throats and a yellow beard at the ends of the stems in mid spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its sword-like leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Characteristics

Species:
cristata
Average Landscape Height:
6 inches (8 inches with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
8 inches
Genus:
Iris
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
cut back in fall
Spacing:
7 inches
Flower Color:
lavender
Flower Bicolor:
powder blue
Flower Eye Color:
white
Flower Form:
flag
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
moist
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Dwarf Crested Iris has masses of beautiful lavender flag-like flowers with powder blue overtones, white throats and a yellow beard at the ends of the stems in mid spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its sword-like leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Dwarf Crested Iris is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Dwarf Crested Iris will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 8 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 7 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

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