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Iris foetidissima 'Citrina'


Iris foetidissima 'Citrina' is an evergreen, shade tolerant species with pretty pale yellow flowers and bright orange seeds in autumn.

Iris foetidissima is an evergreen beauty for sun to part shade that will tolerate the shade even under cedars as long as it gets a bit of moisture. Its excellent green spiky foliage is topped in early summer with delicate flowers that, in the case of 'Citrina', are pale yellow with bronze at the petal bases. In autumn and winter it then presents a great display of bright orange fruit. This is a valuable yet little-grown species. Tolerant of dry conditions but prefers even moisture. Bruised foliage smells "beefy" hence the common name roast beef plant!

Common Name: Gladwin Iris, Roast Beef Plant

Family: Iridaceae (The Iris Family)

Zone Hardiness: 6-9

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade

Height: 12-24"

Width: 12-24"

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour: Brown

Class: Evergreen

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Moist, Average, Dry

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No



Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Open woods, hedgebanks and shady places, usually on calcareous soils. It is often also found on sea cliffs.

Award: AGM

Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

Europe and Africa - North Africa

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