Jim W, I hope you invitation to ask more questions was not directed only to Steve. The spuria iris I grow here now is Iris graminea. This is not what iris fanciers usually mean when they say "spuria iris", but I. graminea is a member of the spuria group. Iris spuria is noted for its comparatively dwarf growth and its fragrant flowers. The fragrance of the flower is often described as plum (the fruit, not the flowers; Dykes specified ripe greengage plum). If any member of the group knows of a really good source for spuria hybrids, please contact me off list. In particular, I'm looking for the bronze-colored ones. Jim McKenney Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where I also wonder what gave these irises their name, which means bastard or false or counterfeit: surely it could not be the nomenclatural confusion which has plagued this group from the beginning?