Common Name: Crested Iris
Botanical Name: Iris cristata
Bloom Time: March, April
Bloom Description: Violet-blue to pale blue flowers with crested sepals that grow close to the ground.
Trail/Garden Location: Planted along the Tulip Tree Trail and Art Trail.
Garden Uses: A great plant to use as a formal border or to naturalize in a woodland garden. Rich woodlands with part sun or shade and moist soil produce strong colonies. Crested Iris can also be used as a native groundcover. Native to the Ozark and Ouachita Mountain regions in Arkansas.
Wildlife Benefits: Used as an early source of nectar.
Leaf Type: The broad, arching leaves hug the ground to form a mass of light green.