Mystery plant 033

You can find this woodland plant primarily in the eastern and some middle states of the U.S.  When you can identify it, please leave a comment below.  Include the common name, the scientific name and any personal story you may have about the plant.


Plants during winter season


Plants in early spring


Group of plants blooming


View of flowers from above


View of flower from side


Close view of portion of flower


Equitant leaves during summer season


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images):  Dwarf crested iris (Iris cristata)

Also, read the blog post and watch the plant portrait video for Dwarf crested iris (Iris cristata).

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3 Responses to Mystery plant 033

  1. Richard Lewis says:

    Iris cristata, dwarf woodland iris. Never seen this one in the wild, but am familiar with it in my gardening business. Thanks for the mystery challenges- it’s fun to do.

  2. Joyce Hochsprung says:

    Iris cristata, Dwarf Crested Iris I’ve never seen them in the wild either, not surprising since I live on the prairie but I grow a couple varieties in my shade gardens.

  3. Angelyn says:

    You both are “right on!” This is Dwarf crested iris (Iris cristata). I had never seen this beautiful flowering plant UNTIL I came across it in the wild. Now I’ve found several patches of this plant on the property where I live. It’s one of the spring blooming plants I eagerly look for each year.

    Richard, I’m very glad you are enjoying the mystery challenges. I have fun doing them.

    Joyce, thanks for growing native plants in your gardens! When I find a plant which is native to this area, and I like the plant, I usually encourage it to take up residence near me (by purchasing a plant from a local nursery and planting it here). My gardens are growing larger as I plant more of these wonderful plants.

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