Stinking Iris foetidissima

There are sweeter smelling plants but the seed heads of Iris foetidissima are a striking orange at the end of the season when there is less colour in the garden. Before opening the seed heads swell to a bulbous green head that cracks open to reveal masses of red, orange or yellow berries that the birds seem to leave alone of long periods well into winter.

The sword like leaves are very tough and this iris can thrive on neglect. Eventually clumps need chopping down as the centre becomes congested. Dead leaves need tidying but are evergreen.

Knock Knock

Who is there


Iris who

Irish stew in the name of the law

Read more about Iris on Gardeners Tips.


Plants with strong smells are often using the aroma to attract pollinators.

What is unpleasant to some people can be OK to others.

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One Response to Stinking Iris foetidissima

  1. tina November 30, 2008 at 16.03 #


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