Irish wildflowers

Naturalised in garden, Co.Cork

Stinking Iris / Roast Beef Plant
Iris foetidissima
Family: Iridaceae

Flowering time: May-July. Perennial. Introduced.

Dull violet flowers, yellow-brown centre, purple veins.
Fleshy fruit capsules with red seeds. Evergreen leaves, dark green,
sword-shaped. Unpleasant smell when crushed. Height: 40-80cm

Relic of cultivation or garden escape. Prefers calcareous soil, woodlands, hedgerows. Possibly native some places, but mainly introduced garden escape.

Similar: Yellow Flag, I. pseudoacorus
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