Bearded Iris on waste ground, Abbotsbury, Dorset
Flower of a naturalised plant
Close-up of beard - yellow at base
May to June
It is grown in gardens throughout the country.
The naturalised escape is widely scattered throughout, but is
most common in the South and East Anglia.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It is a neophyte, which has been grown in gardens for over
1000 years, but has been known in the wild only since the
It has been become naturalised in relic gardens and from
throw-outs and deliberate plantings.
It grows on waste ground and by roads and railways.
Bearded Iris is a rhizomatous, perennial herb, growing up to 1m.
The flowers are up to 10cm across and range from blue to purple.
The beard is white becoming yellow, especially at the base.
Leaves are wide for an Iris, at up to 6cm.
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