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Violet blue with 3 spreading outer petals and 3 inner petals twisting inwards. The yellow centres of the flowers are known as 'beards' which give the flower its name. Up to 15cm.
A capsule which opens in 3 parts to reveal many tightly packed seeds.
Green, narrow, linear, sword-like leaves, up to 2 inches wide. All leaves emerge from the ground. The shorter leaves are the outermost.
Poisonous. Ingesting this plant can cause gastric disturbances, vomiting and bloody diarrhea, especially the roots.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
German Bearded Iris, German Iris, Orris-root, Purple Flag, Tall Bearded German Iris.
Bogs, farmland, gardens, grassland, meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, wasteland, waterside.