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Plant Focus: Yellow Iris

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The Yellow (flag) Iris – Iris pseudacorus– , is found in wet areas, around ponds, marshes etc.

This is a common plant which can spread easily. It is also the county flower of Wigtownshire.

Did you know?

The yellow iris is thought by some to be the original ‘fleur-de-lis’ – a common symbol of heraldry.

It is apotropaic, i.e. believed to avert evil. Thus it was hung in bunches outside the doors on the Feast of Corpus Christi in Ireland.

Medicinally used for its astringency, to stop blood flow. Also the roasted seeds have been used to make an coffee-like drink. (Plant Life)

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