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Iris foetidissima
Iris foetidissima
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Iris foetidissima

Scarlet-berry Iris

USDA Zone: 6-9

Plant number: 1.289.500

Also known as the Stinking Iris, because of the offensive odor given off from the bruised leaves. This is grown for the showy seed heads, with berries that turn scarlet in fall, and are excellent for using in fresh or dried arrangements. The flowers of this plant are small, light purple, and fairly insignificant. Evergreen. Well worth growing for its outstanding autumn display, especially showy in mixed containers or as an edging. A tough plant, tolerant of dry shade once established. Clumps are easily divided in fall or early spring. CAUTION: Harmful if eaten.

Further details for
Iris foetidissima

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun or
  Partial Shade
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
  Late Spring
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Dried Flower
  Rabbit Resistant
   45-60 cm
   18-23 inches
   30-45 cm
   12-18 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.