Iris cristata

Published on March 31, 2012 by Amy

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Iris Cristata
Iris Cristata

Charming blue flowers float above sword-shaped leaves in spring. Use this beautiful but tough plant to edge a shady garden or path. It is also an effective, slow moving ground cover that provides tremendous shelter for small animals.

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Benefits

  • Beautiful blue flowers in spring
  • Will grow in dry shade under hardwood trees
  • Spreads quickly and forms a dense ground cover in optimum growing conditions
  • Spreading rhizomes hold soil in place; great on slopes
  • Great cover for woodland wildlife
  • Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

    Grow in sun or light shade in dry to moderately moist well-drained soil. If grown in full sun, the soil must be consistently moist. Can be planted on well-drained slopes making a great ground cover.

    Height

    6-9 Inches

    Spread

    10-12 Inches

    Native Range

    Rich wooded slopes and floodplains; Maryland to Oklahoma south to Georgia.

    Native Trivia

    Plants in the iris family have tight-knit root systems that hold soil in place, especially on erosion-prone slopes.

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