Stinking Iris – Iris foetidissima


Also known as Gladdon or Gladwyn, this is one of the two native British Irises. (The other being the well known Yellow Flag see below) The Stinking refers to the pungency of the leaves when bruised.  Mauve flowers in summer are followed by brilliant scarlet seeds in autumn.  It enjoys a variety of conditions being found in quite deep shade as well as open sites. AGM