Ferraria Crispa

Starfish Iris

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Cultural and Growing Info is provided below.

Fragrant, Velvet-Like Flowers
The starfish-like flowers of Ferraria Crispa are remarkably exotic. Conversation starters - this special variety will have gardeners talking! Tight golden ruffles form nuggets around petal edges to resemble barnacles. Flowers are cream to chartreuse freckled with chocolate-brown. *NOTE: Bulbs will need to be lifted in zones 3-8.



Plant Type Bulbs


Height Short 14-18"

Spacing Plant 6-8" apart

Bloom Time Early Summer to Mid-Summer

Sun / Shade Full Sun

Zones 3-10

Soil Type Normal, Acidic, Sandy

Water Needs Medium

Sold In Bags of 2

Special Features

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Fragrant
  • OK in Containers

Ferraria General Information

Ferraria commonly called Starfish Iris bloom in succession on multi-branched stems. The 2” exotic flowers from June-July above strappy green foliage are easy to grow and corms will multiply each year. All our accent annuals are guaranteed to reach you in good condition and to grow, but we can't guarantee annuals to overwinter. Will be an annual except in zones 9-10 but can be stored over the winter in colder zones. Instructions

Ferraria Plant Care

Hardy in Zones 9-10. Starfish Iris will thrive in hotter zones in full sun with well-drained soil. When growing in containers, plant 1” deep and 2” apart. Outdoors plant 3-5” deep and space 6-8” apart. When flowers begin to die off, allow the foliage to persist to gather energy for the corm to fuel next season’s growth. Let soil dry out and dig up corms to store in a dry paper bag for the winter. Dig down approximately 12” and gently lift. Divide the corms every three to five years. The corms tend to pile up on each other and bloom production will be reduced. When in bloom, use a balanced liquid fertilizer at ½ strength every other week.

100% Guarantee

We offer a 100% guarantee for all our accent annuals and bulbs to reach you in good condition and come up. If you're not satisfied, we'll reship or refund immediately. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns—we share your passion for gardening and want your new plants to thrive in your border!

Shipping Details

We ship accent annuals and bulbs based on the best planting time for your growing zone (see the approximate dates below), unless otherwise indicated at checkout. If you wish, you can indicate a specific ship date during checkout.

Spring-Planted Accent Annuals

  • Zone 3, 4: Early to Mid May
  • Zone 5: Late April to Early May
  • Zone 6: Mid to Late April
  • Zone 7: Early to Mid April
  • Zone 8: Late March to Early April
  • Zone 9, 10: Late March

Fall-Planted Bulbs

  • Zone 2, 3, 4: Early September
  • Zone 5: Early to Mid September
  • Zone 6: Mid September
  • Zone 7: Mid to Late September
  • Zone 8, 9, 10: Late September to Early October

Holiday Bulbs

  • Early November through mid December