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Iris foetidissima 'Variegata' (Variegated Stinking Iris)

Variegated Stinking Iris, Variegated Blue Seggin, Variegated Gladden, Variegated Gladdon, Variegated Gladwin, Variegated Gladwyn, Variegated Roast Beef Plant, Variegated Scarlet-Seeded Iris, Variegated Stinking Gladwin, Variegated Stinking Gladwyn , Variegated Coral Iris


Noted for its terrific foliage and showy fruit, Iris foetidissima 'Variegata' (Stinking Iris) is an evergreen perennial with small, pale lavender, yellow-tinged, beardless flowers in late spring. Rising atop upright stems, they are followed by attractive, disproportionately large seed pods which mature over the summer and burst open in early fall to reveal showy, brilliant orange-red seeds. Ignored by birds, they persist throughout the winter until the spring, and put on a spectacular display. This rhizomatous perennial forms wonderfully attractive clumps of glossy, creamy-striped, sword-shaped, evergreen leaves, which are unpleasantly aromatic when cut or bruised, hence the common name of Stinking Iris. Robust and easy to grow, this remarkable iris does well in almost any situation. It will survive wet dry conditions and open or shaded sites.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 1-2 ft. tall (30-60 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade, in moist, humus-rich, well-drained soils. Some tolerance to full shade. Established plants tolerate some dry conditions.
  • A welcomed addition to beds and borders, underplanting shrubs and roses, cottage gardens.
  • Deer resistant.
  • No serious insect or disease issues but watch for slugs, snails, thrips and gray moulds.
  • Remove any dying foliage in autumn. Divide in spring or fall as needed.
  • Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame in autumn or spring. Propagate by division of rhizomes from midsummer to early autumn
  • Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.
  • Native to Europe, North Africa

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Iris - Other
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Iris - Other
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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