Iris cristata Ait.

Crested Iris, Dwarf Wild Iris

Iris cristata plant

Family - Iridaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Iris cristata rhizomeRhizome.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Iris cristata flower

Iris cristata flowerWhite-flowered form.

Flowering - April - May.

Habitat - Rocky woods, slopes, bluffs, sandy streambanks.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This little species can be found in about seven Ozark counties in the southeastern portion of the state. The plant is the smallest Iris to grow in Missouri and therefore is very easy to ID in the field. The rhizomes of the plant are also very characteristic, having constricted and expanded portions. This species grows well from seed and should not be picked.

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 4-23-02, and in Lochapoka, MO., 4-16-05.