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Iris foetidissima var. citrina
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common name: Gladwyn Iris
synonyms: Iris foetidissima 'Citrina', Iris foetidissima chinensis
perennial, evergreen, scented/aromatic
poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade, shade
dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
Forms clumps of evergreen strappy leaves. Relatively large flowers from early summer, sombre greyish yellow flushed and veined with mauve-purple. Larger than normal seed pods with bright red-orange berries in autumn. The foliage is reputed to be less aromatic than the species.
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.
Native to Europe, including Britain. A naturally occuring variation.