Herb latin name: Iris sanguinea


Family: Iridaceae (Iris Family)



Medicinal use of Iris sanguinea:

Expectorant.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
75 cm
(2 feet)

Flovering:
June

Habitat of the herb:

Damp meadows, sunny pond banks, mountain stream banks and hillsides around 500 metres.

Other uses of Iris sanguinea:

An insecticide is obtained from the plant. (from the root?)

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed should be sown as early in the year as possible in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first year. Plant out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Division, best done in August/September after flowering but can also be done in April. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Cultivation of Iris sanguinea:

Damp meadows, sunny pond banks, mountain stream banks and hillsides around 500 metres.

Known hazards of Iris sanguinea:

Many plants in this genus are thought to be poisonous if ingested, so caution is advised. The roots are especially likely to be toxic. Plants can cause skin irritations and allergies in some people.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.