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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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12 July, 2010

Stinking Iris (Iris foetidissima)

This lovely looking flower is common in woods, scrub and hedgerows, especially near the Dorset coast, and is on flower now.

The flower itself is also known as the Roast Beef Plant as, when crushed, it gives off the scent of fresh meat. It is thought the smell attracts flies and the flies help with the pollination process.

In the autumn these flower heads will have three distinctive green pods, each with a line of bright red berries in.

You win both ways with Stinking Iris, attractive flower and attractive seed head.