Iris foetidissima   Stinking Iris C DD N

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There is a great deal of this plant all over the Great Orme but in Spring something eats the leaves. Perhaps the constituent of the plant which makes it "stinking" is tasty to the wild goats. It seems to grow very healthily in the shade but is found in sunny open grassland as well.

It is extremely common in southern England thinning out beyond the midlands. It is found around the coast of Wales and to some extent in southern Scotland but only rarely in northern Scotland. It is found both in northern and southern Ireland too.

Iris foetidissima

Iris foetidissima Stinking Iris

Ranscombe Farm, Kent 3rd June 2007

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Iris foetidissima

Iris foetidissima Stinking Iris

West shore cliffs, Great Orme 30th October 2009

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Llandudno West shore dunes, North Wales, 5th June 2008

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