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April 3, 2023

Plant of the Week: Dwarf Crested Iris

One of our favorite native plants for shade!

These gorgeous WNC natives are blooming right now in our woods!  Typically only 4-6” in height, Dwarf Crested Iris spread to form a ground cover when in their native habitat of peaty woodland soils and part shade.  The showy blooms appear March-May depending on your location, and attract and support hummingbirds and bees. 

A nice big patch on the Owen's driveway!

In the garden they are happiest with our native, acidic soil, and appreciate some leaf mulch to increase organic matter and hold in moisture.  Due to their short stature, we love using them in the borders of our shade gardens.  Once established, they should require no additional care if soil and light preferences are followed.  These lovely spring flowers are deer resistant and add a stunning pop of color to woodland settings.

If you aren't fortunate enough to have them in your backyard (like the Owens), or if you simply want more, we have plenty of them available at Painters!

  • Native Area: Eastern United States

  • USDA Growing Zones: 3a–9a

  • Height: 4–9 inches

  • Sun Exposure: Partial shade; tolerates full sun

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