I am celebrating my trip to Washington later this week with a Native of DC (and areas all around it). The Dwarf Crested Iris is a diminutive 4-6″ native Iris that thrives in a lightly shaded garden. Sunshine Farms has a great little write up about it being a great ground cover.
It is an excellent plant for early spring bloom in a rock garden, perennial border or woodland garden and when the flowers are gone, the foliage makes a nice ground cover for woodland areas.
1. Wild Iris, 2. native plant garden, 3. Iris cristata II, 4. dwarf crested iris, 5. Iris cristata, 6. Iridaceae : Iris cristata – Crested Iris, 7. Iris cristata ‘Powder Blue Giant’