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Bearded Iris

Iris germanica

Plant Data

Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Iridaceae (Iris)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
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.
Fruit:
A capsule which opens in 3 parts to reveal many tightly packed seeds.
Leaves:
Green, narrow, linear, sword-like leaves, up to 2 inches wide. All leaves emerge from the ground. The shorter leaves are the outermost.
Maximum Size:
90cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
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.
Other Names:
German Bearded Iris, German Iris, Orris-root, Purple Flag, Tall Bearded German Iris.
Habitats:
Bogs, farmland, gardens, grassland, meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, wasteland, waterside.