Iris foetidissima

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"Stinking Iris" is a reliable evergreen perennial with sword-like lime to mid green foliage. Small lavender, yellow tinged beardless flowers bloom in spiring on impressive upright stems.


Plant in moist but well drained soil in partshade to full sun. It can grow well in sandy or loamy soil that is slightly acidic or neutral, rich in organic matter. Once established can tolerate dry conditions and robust enough to plant is coastal conditions. Divide in spring or autumn as required. Relatively pest and disease resistant but watch for snails and slugs and is toxic to pets.

Landscape Uses

Ideal for mass planting and evergreen flowering borders. Flowers can be cut for arrangements. Its relatively compact nature is suited to narrow spaces and courtyard gardens.


Height to 60cm
Width to 40cm