Herb: Beachhead Iris


Latin name: Iris setosa


Family: Iridaceae (Iris Family)



Medicinal use of Beachhead Iris:

A decoction of the root is used as a laxative.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
60 cm
(2 feet)

Flovering:
June

Habitat of the herb:

Wet peaty meadows, riversides and open woods, sometimes also in brackish bogs.

Edible parts of Beachhead Iris:

Root - yields an edible starch. Caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity. Roasted and ground seed is a coffee substitute.

Other uses of the herb:

A dye is obtained from the petals, but the colour is not specified.

Propagation of Beachhead Iris:

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 September after flowering. 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 the herb:

Wet peaty meadows, riversides and open woods, sometimes also in brackish bogs.

Known hazards of Iris setosa:

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.