Dwarf Crested Iris

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Year Round
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Sun & Shade
Ground Covers, Perennials, Natives
Year Round
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Sun & Shade
Ground Covers, Perennials, Natives

Dwarf Crested Iris 


The Dwarf Crested Iris, otherwise known as Iris Cristata, is a beautiful, low growing flower that features blue-violet pedals, which can also be purple, with white patches and orange crests. It is supported by stems which are rather short that it seems as if plants have no stems at all. It has a perennial lifespan, able to last for a decade. The flower blooms during the spring season and typically grows in southern and eastern regions in the United States.

Gardeners use rich, acidic and well-drained soil for planting the iris seeds. You can be grown with either partial shade or full sun as long as the soil is moist enough. Natural habitats include moist forests, stream banks, wooded slopes, and bluffs.

Dwarf Crested Iris for Sale

 Dwarf irises are capable of blooming to at least 7 inches in height and can spread 12 inches wide with rhizomes. The hardy planting zones range from 3 to 8. Also, the plants are resistant to deer and can tolerate droughts. It is necessary to divide the irises every 3 to 4 years when they become too crowded.

 The plant also has multiple landscape uses. It is a tool for erosion control and can be naturalized in rock, woodland, or water gardens. The iris is suitable for shady woodland edges and borders.

 Dwarf Crested Iris is a rhizomatous perpetual local toward the eastern United States.

It has an orange or yellow peak with lavender blossoms that have a white patch. The rhizomes are greenish or whitish yellow. They can be 8 to 12 inches in length and normally cocoa. The leaves are chestnut and sickle-formed. 
This plant is shipped as a bare root bulb. 

 Climate Zone: 3 to 9

Mature Height: 6 to 10 in.

Blooming Season: April through June.

Sunlight: Prefers Full to Partial Sunlight.

Soil Conditions: Prefers Moist, Well-Drained Soil.

Botanical Name:  Iris cristata

Dwarf Crested Iris for sale online at Perennial Nursery.

 Dwarf Crested Iris ship bare root


1. Will Dwarf Crested Iris spread?

A. Dwarf Iris (Iris reticulata and similar varieties) generally spread slowly compared to some other types of iris. They typically multiply by producing offsets or bulbs, which can eventually form small clumps over time.

2. Do Dwarf Crested Irises like sun or shade?

A. Dwarf Crested Iris prefer full sun.


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    dwarf crested iris

    Posted by dwarf crested iris on 13th Mar 2023

    These plants arrived with planting instructions that were very easy to follow. I have beautiful flowers.

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    Iris cristata

    Posted by Amanda on 7th Nov 2020

    These were ordered at the same time as the Hepatica and Bloodroot, however they were not shipped at the same time. I was a little worried I wouldn't receive them. But I only needed to be a little patient, because they came a week after the other plants but still within the 14 business days advertised on the webpage. The iris arrived with a bit of foliage still attached which made planting them a bit easier. They have enough roots that I'm looking for good success come spring. All and all I'm very pleased with my shopping experience with Perennial Nursery