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Stinking Iris, Iris foetidissima Family: Iridaceae
Iris foetidissima     *     Stinking Iris / Roast-beef Plant

Flowering time: May - July. Evergreen perennial

Habitat: Woodlands and hedgerows on calcareous soils. Common in the southern half of England, scattered distribution further north and in Ireland.

Unbearded, violet flowers with purple veins and yellowish-brown centres are followed by fleshy fruit capsules with red seeds. Evergreen clumps of dark-green, sword-shaped leaves with an unpleasant, foetid smell when crushed.


Stinking Iris, Iris foetidissima       Stinking Iris, Iris foetidissima


Stinking Iris, Iris foetidissima

Stinking Iris, Iris foetidissima
Studland, Dorset. August 2007

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