stinking iris


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stinking iris

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(Plants) an iris plant, Iris foetidissima, of W Europe and N Africa, having purplish flowers and a strong unpleasant smell when bruised. Also called: gladdon
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Noun1.stinking iris - iris with purple flowers and foul-smelling leavesstinking iris - iris with purple flowers and foul-smelling leaves; southern and western Europe and North Africa
fleur-de-lis, iris, sword lily, flag - plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals
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Then there's stinking iris, Iris foetidissima, whose leaves have a pungent scent but which comes into its own visually in autumn and winter, putting on a spectacular display when its huge seed pods burst open to reveal brilliant orange, sometimes red, seeds.
Last year our survey showed that creeping buttercup and cowslip were among the UK's most common wildflowers where as stinking iris and alpine lady's mantle were the least recorded.
THE muddy purple-tinged beardless flowers of the stinking iris (iris foetidissima) are nothing compared with the huge pods, which in autumn split to expose bright orange seeds that remain attractive for months.