Iris foetidissima

Iris foetidissima

Stinking iris

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

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Plant does flower in August

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Fruits
Fruits

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Plant does fruit in October

Plant does fruit in November

Plant does fruit in December

  • Botanical name: Iris foetidissima
  • Common name: Stinking iris
  • Family: Iridaceae
  • Plant Type: Bulb, Perennial, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Orange

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

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).

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

How to grow Iris foetidissima

  • Plant size

    75cm height

    45cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, south facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Shade type: Dry
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does not fruit in March

Plant does not fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does not fruit in August

Plant does fruit in September

Plant does fruit in October

Plant does fruit in November

Plant does fruit in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do not Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do Divide in June

Do Divide in July

Do Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Iris foetidissima and wildlife

Iris foetidissima is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Iris foetidissima poisonous?

Iris foetidissima can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

Plants that go well with Iris foetidissima