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Stinking Iris
Gladdon
Stinking Gladwin

Plantae
Monocots (Monocotyledons)
Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae

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From seed (Seed Guild), described as var. 'Citrina'. If that meant the flowers then it has not come true. This cultivar doesn't seem to have the same roast beef smell as the plants one finds wild so maybe that is the reason for the name - although I would not say it was "lemony".

I have never understood the "Stinking" name - you have to bruise the leaves to get the smell and then - yes it is like roast beef in the wild.
12 June 2004
Category: Cultivated plants
 
British Isles status: native
Perennial


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Photographer: J R Crellin

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NIKON D70
12/06/2004 17:28:01
1/125 sec - F/8
Lens: 60mm f/2.8 D
Sensitivity: ISO 1600
Exp. compensation: -0.7 EV
Light value: 9.0



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