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  • Iris Cristata
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Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

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Dwarf Iris Cristata plant grows naturally in calcareous soils, rich woody slopes, and swamp plain forests in the flecked shade

 Growing in the Central Southern US states to the Central Mississippi Valley is this beautiful plant , a species in the Iris genus.  Its flowers differ from purple, lavender-blue, to white and are perfect for landscaping underneath trees, such as the red maple tree. To learn more about the American native iris, we provide a detailed description of the plant, recommendations for planting underneath trees, and care. 


Characteristics of the Iris Cristata

 Known as a native, Dwarf crested iris, Wikipedia describes this perennial as a shallow-rooted plant that grows low to the ground, approximately three to six inches in height. A favorable plant feature is it rapidly spreads when appropriately planted and maintained. Planting the crested iris is preferable during the spring or early summer for flowers to bloom underneath a maple tree, for example. Next is a detailed description of the crested iris plant. 




  • Lavender, purplish, blue, or white petals gold crests on the sepals.
  • Broad arching leaves arise from shallowly rooted, spreading rhizomes that are slender, greenish, or whitish-yellow.
  • Underneath the rhizomes are tissue-like roots.
  • Two to eight corded, brown branches ranged from eight to 12 inches in length and one to two millimeters.
  • Six to eight basal leaves are divided into three proximal leaves and four to five distal leaves.
  • Three- to six-inch leaves.
  • One-inch to two-inch stem with two to three cauline and spates, the green leaves of the flower bud that bear one-inch to two-inch flowers in April to May.

Recommendations for Planting Crested Iris Under a Maple Tree


Dwarf Iris resembles a small orchard


Botanical Latin Name: Iris Cristata 

 Common Name: Dwarf crested iris

 Sun Exposure: Sun to part shade

 Hardiness Zones: Zones 3 to 9

 Mature Height: 6-10 inches tall

 Spread: 0.5 to 1 foot

 Spacing: 12 inches

 Growth Rate: Varies by species

 Flowering Time: April

 How Long It Flowers: Through mid-spring

 Flower Color: White blooms with gold, blue, lavender 

 Soil Requirements: Well-drained soil unless grown in full sun. Then moist soil is required.

 Pruning: Thin out abundant growth by dividing plants and replanting elsewhere. Deadhead faded blooms. If needed, divide root mass as well.

 Flower Form: Crested irises are usually light purple or violet, although there are a few less common colors, such as white. They grow in clusters as opposed to single growth. You will very rarely see only a couple.

 The three lower parts of the flower are often mistaken for petals, but they are actually the sepals. These three lower sepals are the largest part of the iris. The three real petals are narrow and shorter than the sepals.

Three smaller petals like extensions, also confused for petals, are actually an extension of the flower’s reproductive system.

Dwarf Iris Cristata is for sale online at Tennessee Wholesale Nursery Co


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