Yellow Flag Iris
Iris pseudacorus is a familiar plant, native to the British Isles, seen in ponds & damp ground. Its specific epithet, meaning "false acorus" refers to the similarity between its leaves and those of the Acorus calamus, being distinctly veined and sword-like in shape. The plant is tall, and very striking when in flower.
Pick flowers in early summer.
Can be sown in early spring in a cold frame in compost.
Divide anytime from mid-summer to autumn and plant directly into the new location.
Attracts useful insects
Europe Western Asia, Northwest Africa
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
The root is said to have medicinal properties, but is toxic, so only ever through a medical practitioner.
This plant has been used as a form of water treatment since it has the ability to take up heavy metals through its roots and is featured in many AS Level Biology practicals as its ability to grow in low pH levels makes it a useful indicator.
May be attacked by slugs, snails and thrips, but generally pest and disease free.
Plant with water loving or bog species.