PLANT BASE

Iris cristata

Dwarf crested iris

Height
Spread
Growth
habit
3-9
0.5-0.75'
0.5-1'
Form                           Lifecycle              Hardiness zone*
Spreading, Colonies
Flower
Perennial

APPEARANCE
Bloom time
Bloom color
March-May
Violet/ pinkish
Spring early bloom
USE FOR
Seasonal interest
ENVIRONMENT
Terminal clusters
Light
Water
Soil
Soil pH
Loam
Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Preference
Average, moist, well-drained, not overly rich
HABITAT & NATIVE RANGE
Rocky, wooded slopes and uplands, bluffs, sandy stream banks
Pennsylvania to Georgia
ENVIRONMENTAL TOLERANCE
Drought
BROWSE TOLERANCE
Drought
Tolerance to browse by animals typically happens once plants are established. Young plants may still be quite susceptible.
SUGGESTED MAINTENANCE & COMMON PROBLEMS
Divide every 2-3 years, don't add thick mulch as will cause rot
Snails and slugs
COMPANION PLANTS
Wild columbine,Marginal wood fern,Northern maidenhair fern
COMPANION TREES & SHRUBS
NOTES
Good for early bloom

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