Pete's Walks - Stinking Iris

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Photo taken 7/07/07 at Totternhoe, Beds.

I have currently just seen this very distinctive plant just once - having been through Totternhoe Knolls on one of my local walks, I went back looking for wildflowers there and in the nearby Totternhoe Quarry Nature Reserve, where I took this photo. The flower gets its name from the unpleasant smell of its leaves when they are crushed. It flowers from May to July.