The Yellow Flag Iris grows along the banks of ponds, lakes, streams and rivers. If planted in a garden pond, unless it is a quite a large one it should be planted in suitable containers, as it is somewhat invasive. This one was growing in the margins of a small stream back in the early 2000’s, not anymore. Sadly iresponcible fly tippers have given cause for the local water authority to dredge it as often as twice a month, all twelve of them, over the years. It used to be maybe once a year, just basic bank and flow management, now actual refuse bins, TV’s, bikes, shopping trollies, mattresses along with soiled bedding, garden waste, to name but some of what is dumped in it. On one occasion creosote containers, which contained sufficient residue to pollute the local park lake killing the majority of its fish population through suffocation, it formed an oily film over the entire surface preventing it from dispersing and absorbing gasses plus poisoning the fish, (mainly the bronze bream), when they came to the surface gasping for oxygen. There is more to this event, but this is a fun challenge and I’ve probably spoilt it for some already, so sorry if that is the case. It was this photo, and many more from that period in time, that reminded me what the stream looked like once upon a time.
Iris pseudacorus is a species in the genus Iris, of the family Iridaceae. It is native to Europe, western Asia and northwest Africa. Its specific epithet, meaning “false acorus,” refers to the similarity of its leaves to those of Acorus calamus, as they have a prominently veined mid-rib and sword-like shape.
Camera: Sony DSC-W35 set to macro.