Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Crested Iris, Dwarf Crested Iris

Crested Iris, Dwarf Crested Iris

Iris cristata

Morning sun with afternoon shade, medium to moderately dry moisture level, humusy soil, slightly acid to neutral pH.  3-6 inches height, blooms in spring, pale lavender/blue flowers, spreads by rhizomes.

Germination Code:  L   Requires 2-3 years to flower from seed.

Native Region:  Statewide, especially in Middle and East Tennessee

Groundcover with showy flowers.  Forms dense colonies in optimum growing conditions. When in flower, a well developed bed is a spectacular drift of blue color.  Soils that are too rich encourage rank vegetative growth in this species.  Ordinary dryish soil is preferable.  Attracts hummingbirds and bees.


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