Stinking iris doesn’t exactly stink as it’s name suggests! It just has a slightly meaty smell when you crush the leaves. It’s a lovely plant for a shady spot and in early summer the flower is a delicate pale lilac. It is ideal to mix with woodruff and bellflowers for a shady woodland border, or woodland wildlife habitat.
The flowers of the Stinking iris are nectar rich and are great for attracting bees.
It is spectacular in autumn with bright orange berries which last through the winter.