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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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20 May, 2010

Yellow Iris (Iris pseudacorus)

The Yellow Iris is also known as Yellow Flag.

An exceptionally beautiful flower, especially when freshly unfurled and when seen close up.

It flowers from May through until July and is very common anywhere there is standing water, both saline and fresh. It can be found in abundance in ponds, marsh, reed beds, damp woods - as long as it is wet then Yellow Iris has a chance of surviving. Where it does occur, once established can become abundant and although a nice addition to a garden pond it can take over very quickly if left unchecked.

Once the flowers are pollinated they develop large green seed heads which, when ripe, will split open, ejecting the seeds in to the water where they float away to form new plants which is why they can be so prolific once established.