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Common Name

IRIS foetidissima

Purplish brown flowers. Rich evergreen sheaves of dagger like leaves. Spectacular orange seedheads. Ht. 60cm. Sp. 50cm. Superb in dry shade. AGM.

Iris foetidissima is one of two native Irises to the British Isles, the other being the true flag Iris – Iris pseudacorus 


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Plant Details: IRIS foetidissima

Plant: IRIS

Species: foetidissima

Family: Iridaceae

Common name: Stinking Iris

Origin: Britain

Flower colour: Yellow

Flower month: Aug, Sep

Flower scent: None

Foliage colour: Green

Hardy: Hardy

Soil type: Any soil

Aspect: Part Shade, Shade, Sun

Evergreen: Evergreen

Height: 60

Spread: 50

Flower type: Single

Flower attribute: Elegant

Foliage style: Arch Foliage Habit

Seed month: Oct, Nov, Dec

Seed colour: Red

Protect from slugs: Yes

Winter grow conditions: Outside

Container Compost: Soil or Loam Based

Web rating: Woottens rating 7/10

Special uses: Ground Cover, Deer Proof, Rabbit Proof, Marine

Pot Size: 9cm

Sub Group: Other Iris

Dispatch Times

  • We aim to dispatch majority of orders within 5-7 working days
  • There are EXCEPTIONS during busy periods – please click here to find out about current dispatch times
  • Some plants are seasonal and only dispatched at certain times of the year. Including Pelargoniums, Auriculas and Irises click here for more details
  • Bareroot plants can take between 7-10 days before dispatch.
  • We only send plants of optimum quality therefore your delivery may be split and plants sent to follow later. Whilst we try and keep our website up to date inevitably during busy period’s plants may sell out.
  • Sometimes it is necessary to ‘cut back’ your plants for the good of the plants and to insure safe packing and arrival of your order. We only do this to herbaceous perennials that will rejuvenate stronger from the base.
  • If there are any problems with your order you will contacted via email or phone to discuss the order


  • Potted plants ordered for collection from the nursery can be ready 4 working days after the order has been placed.
  • Bareroot plants ordered for collection from the nursery can be ready 10 working days after the order has been placed
  • Collections can be picked up any day by appointment except Sunday.
  • Please specify which date you will be collecting on in the 'order notes' box at the checkout.

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