Slightly OT Spuria irises

Jim McKenney
Thu, 10 Nov 2005 07:13:16 PST
Jim W, I hope you invitation to ask more questions was not directed only to

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? 

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