Iris cristata Crested Iris
Ohio Native Plant Natural Range
Cultivation Information Woodland Iris
Soil - Well-drained, rich, acid soils.Soil pH - Acidic <6.8
Family - Iridaceae
Ground cover - If given time, fills in nicely as ground cover. Does best without competition from other native plants Experiment – Intermingled young Iris cristata plants amongst young Argentina anserina – Silverweed, thinking the blue and white flowers of the iris would complement the yellow of Silverweed, Since both bloom around the same time frame, it seemed like a sensible plan. What I failed to take into consideration was the fact Woodland Iris grow at a snails pace and the Silverweed at a jack rabbit. I moved the iris!
Wildlife Significance Woodland Iris
Hummingbirds - Find this early early spring flower a fine dining spot
Propagation Notes Woodland Iris
Seeds Planted - 2-9-2012Sprouted - 2-18-2012 - Many
Night Temperature - 61 - 63°FDay Temperature - 64 - 65°F - Under florescent lights
Natural light - 3-4-12 - Few hours each day of exposure to sun light
Rock Gardens - Woodand Iris would be a nice addition to your native rock garden. Rocks provide a cool, moist environment for the roots of this native Ohio iris. Ours are growing near a rocky path that receives filtered sun throughout the day and a few hours of direct sun late in the afternoon.