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common name: Snake's Head Iris, Widow Iris, Black Widow
synonyms: Hermodactylus tuberosus
growth rate: medium
growth habit: grassy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: yellow
main season: Spring
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 9
Tuberous plant producing delicately scented flowers of sombre greenish yellow with velvety black falls, in early to mid spring. Grass-like narrow leaves.
Prefers light well drained soils. May be slow to establish.
Native to the Eastern Mediterranean area.
pronounced: her-mo-DAK-til-us tew-ber-OH-sus