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Products > Plants - Browse By Region > Iris foetidissima 'Aurea'
Iris foetidissima 'Aurea' - Yellow Gladwin Iris

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb/Tuber/Rhizome etc.
Family: Iridaceae (Irises)
Origin: Africa, North (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 2-6 feet
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Iris foetidissima 'Aurea' (Yellow Gladwin Iris) - The decorative features of this iris are primarily its evergreen leaves and beautiful fruit, although the pale yellow flowers are certainly attractive when noticed. It In fall the large fruit splits, showing bright red seeds, which has given this plant the additional common name of Coral Iris. It grows to about 2 feet tall and spreads to form 2 to 3 foot wide clumps. Plant in full sun to light or moderate shade and give little to abundant irrigation (in other words, it is not fussy!). Gladwin Iris is very hardy (to under 15 degrees F.), although the foliage may turn black in a hard frost. It is prized by flower arrangers for the scarlet seeds displayed in autumn when the seed capsules split. It will grow almost anywhere or in any soil. It is a rhizomatous, beardless species. This form, collected in New Zealand is noted for having flowers that are a pale yellow instead of the typical lavender, slightly more robust foliage and larger fruit. We have seen Iris foetidissima listed as a pond margin plant but have not tried this ourselves. Seed for this plant was collected in New Zealand's north island where it is a common escaped ornamental. We discontinued growing this plant in 2002  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Iris foetidissima 'Aurea'.