Iris Foetidissima, Stinking Iris



Common name:
Stinking iris
Scientific name:
Iris foetidissima
Main flower color:
Range:
Mostly in south Wales and central/south England
Height:
Up to 80 cm
Habitat:
Woodland margins, rough grassland, scrub, sea cliffs, especially on calcareous soils
Flowers:
Up to 7 cm in diameter, with three spreading, unfringed sepals which are yellow-brown in the middle, purple around the edges, and strongly veined, and three yellowish petals about half as long. Flowers are produced in small clusters, of two or three
Fruit:
Three-sided green capsules, containing berries that age to red/orange
Leaves:
Narrow, sword-shaped, dark green, up to 2 cm wide and 80 cm tall; angled vertically upwards
Season:
May to July
Rarity:
★★★★★