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Iris foetidissima var. citrina

Iris foetidissima var. citrina

Family:  Iridaceae
Main Season:  Winter
Flower Colour:  Yellow
Leaf Colour:  Green
Foliage:  Evergreen
Position:  Light/Part Shade
Soil Type:  Ordinary, medium loam
Height:  45cm to 60cm (18" to 2')
Peat Free?  Not yet
Hardiness Guide:  RHS H6 minimum -15C to -20C
Pot Size:  1L



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An excellent form of the evergreen British native primarily grown for the pods that split open in winter to reveal bright orange seeds.  This form has clear, light yellow flowers in early summer. 60cm. Average soil in shade or part shade.

Iris foetidissima var. citrina has a more attractive flower than the normal wild version which tends to be a dirty, brownish yellow.  The display of glowing orange seeds in winter is excellent and probably best in a good soil that doesn't dry out in some sun.

From the UK eastwards through southern Europe.

The common name is not encouraging: Stinking Gladwyn, referring to the scent from the cut or crushed leaves!

Syn. Iris foetidissima chinensis