Photo Courtesy of North Creek Nurseries

Iris cristata (Dwarf Crested Iris)

This small perennial features violet flowers with sepals marked distinctively with a central yellow, or white, and purple striped band. One, sometimes two, violet flowers appear on short slender stalks with narrow, sword-shaped green leaves. Fast growth rate. Dwarf habit.

Blooms mid-spring
0.5 ft tall x 0.5-1 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant


Zone Zone 3
Exposure Partial to Full Shade
Moisture Moderate Moisture
Native to Native