Iris foetidissima is an evergreen, shade tolerant species with pretty flowers and dramatic displays of red seeds in autumn.
Iris foetidissima is an evergreen beauty for sun to part shade that will tolerate the shade even under cedars as long as it gets a bit of moisture. Excellent green spiky foliage, delicate white and yellow purple-veined flowers in late spring and a great display of scarlet fruit in autumn and winter. This is a valuable Iris species for the garden. Tolerant of dry conditions but prefers even moisture. Bruised foliage smells "beefy".
Common Name: Gladwin Iris, Roast Beef Plant
Family: Iridaceae (The Iris Family)
Zone Hardiness: 6-9
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade
Primary Bloom Colour: Purple
Secondary Bloom Colour: White/Cream
Bloom Time: Spring
Soil Moisture: Moist, Average, Dry
Deer Resistant: Unknown
BC Native: No
Native Habitat: Open woods, hedgebanks and shady places, usually on calcareous soils. It is often also found on sea cliffs.
Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia
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