Iris foetidissima

Iris foetidissima

Stinking iris

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Iris foetidissima
  • Common name: Stinking iris
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 75cm

Spread: 45cm

Flower colours:
  • Orange
  • Yellow
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Flowers, Fruit

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Iris foetidissima

Iris foetidissima is the perfect iris for a shady spot, particularly beneath trees, where other plants struggle. It has architectural evergreen foliage and dull purple flowers, but it comes into its own in autumn when its large seedpods split open to reveal rows of orange-red seeds that remain well into winter. It works well with with other shade lovers such as Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae, and under deciduous trees alongside dwarf spring-flowering bulbs. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Iris foetidissima in moist but well-drained soil in sun or shade. Remove faded foliage in autumn.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade, Full shade
  • Shade type: Dry
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Low maintenance
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Irritates skin, Purgative if ingested

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