Bare rooted - Iris foetidissima - $8
Iris foetidissima is one of only two iris species native to Britain, The poor plant must suffer from an identity crisis. When researching it, it was described as smelly and having boring flowers. I however, I love the fact that it is evergreen and is very tough. The botanical name refers to the fact that the crushed leaves are smelly which I have never noticed. The flowers are actually very nice. It is the perfect iris for a shady spot, particularly beneath trees, where other plants struggle. In autumn its large seedpods split open to reveal rows of orange-red seeds that remain well into winter.
Excellent cut flowers.