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Spuria Iris (SPUR)

Spuria Irises are probably the most under-appreciated Iris in the genus.

With a minimum of care and at least 6 hours of good sunshine, these beauties could be the garden star you have been looking for.

With sizes ranging from under 12 inches (I. sintenisii) to nearly 6 feet tall (Shelford Giant), there is a Spuria Iris for any sunny opening in your garden. They also come in a wide range of colors including yellow, blue, brown, and red-ish. The smaller species make nice compact clumps that bloom profusely. The taller hybrids tend to meander, so give them plenty of room.

Spuria Iris make excellent cut flowers.

Cut just before the first bud unfolds. Each bud on the stem will open in succession. The flower stalk is long-lasting once cut, remaining attractive up to 2 weeks in a vase. Spuria iris are also hummingbird and butterfly attractors. Please see the Growing Instructions for more information.

Spurias resent being tansplanted anytime other than fall. If you add Sputia Iris to your order, please note that we will ship the entire order in September.

I. graminea

(8") A dwarf Spuria species native to Southern Europe, Spain to Russia. Purple, plum scented flowers.

This will ship in a 4" pot.

I. graminea var. pseudocyperus

(16") A dwarf Spuria species native to the Czek Republic, Slovania, etal.  Larger and more robust than our other I. graminea type.

This will ship in a 4" pot

I. kerneriana

12"   Native to northern Turkey

Bright yellow flowers over fine foliage. One of our favorite species as it brightens up any garden in the late spring.

The Spcies Iris Group (SIGNA) database claims this is difficult to transplant. I have not found that to be true, though early to mid-winter seems to be the best time.

This will ship in a 4" pot.

I. orientalis

(30") One of the large spuria species found in Greece, Turkey and the Aegean Islands.

White flower with a yellow signal.

I. sintenisii

Found in eatern Europe. At just 6", I. sintenisii is our smallest Spuria species.  Blue violet flowers. Adorable!

This will ship in a 4" pot.

I. sintenisii ssp. brandzae

Found on the plains of Romania and Moldova.

The purple blue flowers bloom at about 8", well below the very fine, upright folige that grows to 20". I. brandzae forms a neat clump that, though the foliage is taller, displays the graceful flowers well.

This iris will ship in a 4" pot.

I. spuria ssp. carthaliniae

A subspecies of I. spuria from the Caucusus. Grows about 2' tall in our garden with a pale blue flower.

I. spuria ssp. carthaliniae 'Georgian Delicacy'

(Shafer/Sacks, 1998) (30") A named form of I. cathaliniae. Pale blue.

I. spuria ssp. carthaliniae var. alba

A subspecies of I. spuria from the Caucusus. White flower with a fine gold rim. Grows about 2' tall in our garden.

I. spuria ssp. monnieri

Native to eastern Europe. One of the taller sub-species of I. spuria, monnieri can reach over 40".

Bright yellow flowers that simpy glow in the sunlight.

I. spuria ssp. musulmanica

From eastern Europe, I. musulmanica blooms at about 28" in our garden.

Smallish blue flowers on tall stalks make an attractive statement in any garden.

SPUR Ada Perry

(McCown, 1976)   48"

Dark red violet with a gold signal. A real eye catcher!

SPUR Air Affair

(Cadd, 2008) 40"

Deep violet standards over lighter violet falls.

SPUR Alphaspu

(Jenkins, 1992) (34") I know… a strange name. But a beautiful bright yellow and always the first to bloom!

SPUR Always A Mystery

(Cadd, 2002)   43"

Smokey lavender with a subtle gold signal.

SPUR Angelic Snowflake

(Cadd, 2008)   38"

Heavily ruffled white with a diffused gold signal.

SPUR Bali Bali

(Jenkins, 1989) (39") Ivory with a huge gold fall spot.

SPUR Barbara's Kiss

(McCown, 1982)   54"

Brownish purple standards flushed yellow. Falls are yellow with a brownish purple edge.

SPUR Betty Cooper

(McCown, 1982) (48") Pale violet with a huge gold fall spot. Eric Nies Award winner!

SPUR Blue Fusion

(Walker, 2015) (41") Blue standards over yellow falls with a violet rim.

SPUR Blue Spiderweb

(Ferguson, 1966) (40") Medium blue standards. Light blue falls veined darker.

SPUR Boldly Elegant

(Cadd, 2003)   43"

Light blue with a diffused yellow blaze.

SPUR Breezy Day

(Cadd,2004) (41") Dusky lavender with a prominent gold signal.

SPUR California Goldrush

(Cadd, 2005) (40") Very large flowered, deep gold self.

SPUR Cast Of Green

(Aitken, 2010) (56") Walnut brown with a gold signal. An eerie iridescent green appears on the flower on day 2 or 3. Very unusual!

SPUR Centering Point

(Ghio, 1989) (42") Muted purple over a gold signal.

SPUR Cinnabar Red

(Niswonger, 1980)   40"

Deep mahogany red with a bright gold signal.

SPUR Columbia River

(Price, 2016)   41"

Blue lavender with a rust red halo around the bright yellow signal. This is one of our favorite newer spurias.

SPUR Countess Zeppelin

(B.Hager, 1987) (38") Wine red over a small gold signal. Eric Nies Medal winner!

SPUR Destination

(B.Hager, 1989) (40") Still the best bright gold Spuria on the market. Eric Nies Award winner!

SPUR Doris Irene

(Jenkins, 2003)   33"

Blue violet with a small gold signal.

SPUR Early Morning Thunder

(Walker, 2007) (38") Dark violet standards. Falls have a large yellow spot with violet veins and edge. Very nice!

SPUR Eleanor Hill

(Hagar, 1980)   38"

Purple standards over a yellow falls with purple veins.

SPUR Eureka Titan

(Walker, 2013)   38"

Gold base overlaid copper. Simple, but striking.

SPUR Georgian Delicacy

(Shafer/Sacks, 1998)   30"

A named form of I. cathaliniae. Pale blue.

SPUR Golden Ducat

(Cadd, 2004)   40"

Extra large deep gold flowers.

SPUR Hawthorne Bridge

(Price, 2015)   45"

Red brown standards over bright yellow falls precicely rimmed red brown. We really like this iris!

SPUR Hickory Leaves

(Niswonger, 1998) (42") Yellow gold with a slightly darker signal.

SPUR Highline Amethyst

McCown, 1973) (42") Red violet with a bright gold signal.

SPUR Highline Coral

(McCown, 1986) (48") Lightly ruffled lavender pink with a soft gold signal. Eric Nies Award winner!

SPUR Highline Halo

(McCown, 1982) (40") Butter yellow standards over bright yellow falls with a thin lighter rim.

SPUR Highline Lavender

(McCown, 1968)   48"

Light lavender over a bright yellow fall spot. Eric Nies Award winner!

SPUR Imperial Bronze

(McCown, 1971) (40") Bright yellow heavily veined brown gives it a bronze appearance.

SPUR Kaibab Trail

(Wickenkamp, 1985)   37"

Dark red with a distinct yellow signal.

SPUR Kiss of Caramel

(Cadd, 2002) (44") Old gold with deep brown veins. Tasty!

SPUR Lemon Suntea

(Cadd, 2004) (38") Bright lemon yellow.

SPUR Lemon Tower

(Walker, 2008) (42") Lightly ruffled soft yellow.

SPUR Lighted Signal

(Jenkins, 1991)   40"

Deep purple with a small yellow signal.

SPUR Lilting Lavender

(Aitken, 2009) (56") Smokey lavender over a diffused yellow signal.

SPUR Line Dancing

(Jenkins, 2007)  (40") Bright purple with white rays extending out from the small yellow signal. Eric Nies Medal winner!

SPUR Mahogany Lord

(Blyth, 1993)   44"

Chocolate brown with the smallest of signals.

SPUR Marilyn Holloway

(Hagar, 1970)   38"

Pale lavender with a huge yellow fall spot.

SPUR Missouri Autumn

(Niswonger, 1997) (40") Light brown self. Our best grower and bloomer. Well worth a spot in the garden!

SPUR Missouri Clouds

(Niswonger, 1996) (42") White with a yellow blush.

SPUR Missouri Iron Ore

(Niswonger, 1997)   42"

Red purple standards. Red brown falls with a gold signal. Eric Nies Medal winner!

SPUR Mohican Sun

(Hedgecock, 2018)   38"

Ruffled, brilliant gold self. This one has extra garden appeal!

SPUR Moonlight Shy

(Cadd, 2002)   38"

White with a subtle yellow fall spot.

SPUR Morrison Bridge

(Price, 2014)   37"

Standards are yellow heavily overlaid with red-brown. Falls are yellow with overlaid red-brown. The overall effect is like chocolate over caramel. Yummy!

SPUR Oregon Cream

(Walker, 2007)   45"

Dark yellow with a creamy rim and standards. Lightly ruffled and exceptional!

SPUR Premier

(Barr, 1899)   40"

One of the oldest irises we grow. Blue standards over white falls heavily veined blue. Excellent!

SPUR Rays Of Twilight

(Walker, 2011)   43"

Dark violet with a yellow signal. Very full formed. Really nice!

SPUR Reaper

(Hedgecock, 2018)   34"

Dark red black with a diffused gold signal.

SPUR Red War Clouds

(Walker, 2010)   40"

We can never grow enough of this one. Order early! Deep maroon red with a tiny yellow signal. Awesome!

SPUR Redwood Supreme

(Niswonger, 1997)   40"

Gold with a brown rim and standards.

SPUR Ruffled Canary

(McCown, 1970)   36"

White standards. Yellow falls with a white border. Neatly ruffled. Very nice!

SPUR Saint Patrick's Gold

(Cadd, 2003) (39") Deep gold self.

SPUR Salmon Sunset

(Walker, 2007) (32") Salmon over a gold signal. Exceptional iris!

SPUR Shelford Giant

Foster, 1913) White with a yellow signal. Can grow up to 6' tall in our garden!

SPUR Solar Fusion

(Walker, 2005) (47") Deep red standards over yellow falls with light red veining. Eric Nies Medal winner!

SPUR Some Say It's Pink

(Walker, 2009)   39"

Lavender pink with a yellow signal. Is it pink?

SPUR Speeding Star

(Cadd, 2002)   39"

Medium blue standards over stark white falls with delicate blue veins. Patrick's favorite spuria!  Eric Nies Medal winner!

SPUR Steely Eyes

(Walker, 2006) (50") Blue lavender with a gold signal.

SPUR Wapiti Citi

(Kasparek, 2012)   42"

Red purple with a large, bright yellow signal.

SPUR White Heron

(Milikin, 1948)   48"

White with a yellow signal. Eric Nies Award winner!

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