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  • This just appeared in the garden.  Formed a green pod and when the pod burst what you see in the picture is the result.  Hoping its not toxic.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,393

    Iris foetidissima. Stinking or Gladwin Iris

    Your photo reminds me that I have none of these this year. Why is that?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,393

    I don't know if it's toxic.  I've never tried it

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,479

    http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/iris-foetidissima/3262.html

    I've always loved these - another definite for under my big ash trees image

     

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  • They are very tough and alegedly if you break the leaf and sniff it smells of roast beef, hence the name of Stinking iris. I've come across two types one with a beige flower and one with blue. The flowers are very small. I think birds or rodents spread the seeds as once you've got them they'll spring up all over the place, although the are easy to uproot.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,393

    If that's what roast beef smells like i'm glad to be vegetarian

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,479

    Think it depends who's cooking it Nut image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,393

    What do you do to it to make it smell that unappetising?

  • Thank you very much Mr Raspberry, most grateful for your input.  I shall now go look at the Stinking iris on line and compare. image

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    I've got lots of these in my garden that have appeared fromI no where and are increasing year on year.  Mine have a pale blue flower.  I think they like a shady position. Yes, they do smell disgusting (another vegetarian here) and the leaves are very very tough.

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