Stinking Iris

We have quite a lot of Stinking Iris, Iris foetidissima, in the margins of the meadows. It is not a very striking looking Iris with scruffy broad leaves which apparently smell unpleasantly beefy when they are crushed leading to its other name of Roast Beef plant. The flowers are purple but insipid and a little bit dull. Its native to the UK, growing in woodland, hedge banks and sea cliffs.

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But it really comes into its own at this time of year with its magnificent scarlet seed heads and here are some photos showing how it is brightening up the hedgerows at the moment:

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