|Benefits:||Pollinators, Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant|
|Zones:||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
Just 6” high, a groundcover of Dwarf Crested Iris can produce a gorgeous drift of blue color in the spring woodland garden. The lovely blue-violet flowers are nestled in arching blades of green foliage. This prized smallest of irises is an excellent complement to other low growing shade species.
Native to wooded uplands of the south and midwest Iris cristata easily forms a groundcover in optimal conditions: partial shade and medium-moist soil, but it does not like to have "wet feet.” An excellent choice for a shaded area of the rock garden, or a naturalized woodland slope. Propagate by root division in fall, when the leaves are dying back. Dwarf Crested Iris attracts hummingbirds and bees.