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botanical name:
Iris foetidissima
Iris foetidissima © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Gladwyn Iris
family:  Iridaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen, scented/aromatic
height: 0.75m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: spiky
leaf colour: green
flower colour: mauve
fruit colour: orange
main season: Autumn
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun, part shade, shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -29°C
USDA zone: 5 to 9
Forms clumps of evergreen strappy leaves. Produces rather insignificant flowers in summer, variable in colour but usually dull purple or mauve. Large capsules of showy, bright red-orange berries in autumn. The crushed leaves have an unpleasant smell.

Moist, well drained soil in sun or shade. Will tolerate poor, dry soil and grow in difficult shady locations where few other plants survive.

Lift and divide clumps in spring. Keep well watered until established. Also from seed.


other notes:
Native to Europe, including Britain.

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