Dwarf Crested Iris
A delightfully diminutive iris with big (up to 3”) violet flowers (with golden ‘crests’ on the falls) in April and May, short sword-like foliage is only 6” tall, drought tolerant, good Rain garden plant, groundcover, enjoys rich acid soil, attracts hummingbirds and pollinating bees. I first saw this plant growing in the wild many years ago on a wooded hillside at a preserve in Wake county, NC and I have been enchanted by it ever since.
Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-8b
Native Range: se. SD, s. MI, sw. QC, w. ON, & w. New England south to nw. GA, & e. OK. Rare in CT, NY, VT, & WI
Germination - Easy: Cold Stratify 4 weeks, then fluctuating temperatures (ie. put outdoors in spring)
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