Irises forum: Spuria irises evergreen?

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Name: Tienito
Rhode Island (Zone 6b)
Dec 12, 2018 10:51 AM CST
I planted three spuria iris varieties this summer. When I received them, the rhizomes looked lifeless, if not rotten, and there were no roots! Nevertheless, they came up and have surprised me with their healthy appearance. All my irises are well and dormant now, but the spurias are still green and upright. Are they evergreen, I wonder?

Does anyone else have experience growing spurias? I love their form and have heard that they can last a very long time without division. The varieties that I got are:

Adriatic Blue
Cinnamon Stick
Sky Dancer
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Dec 12, 2018 2:42 PM CST
tiento, i copied this from yahoo:

"Irises - Houston Chronicle
The beautifully colored standards and falls, the two parts of the iris bloom, make spurias florist favorites. The glossy evergreen 2 1/2-foot-tall fans of this naturalizing iris are topped with ..."
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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Dec 13, 2018 2:10 AM CST
I do not grow spurias, but I was told to pass this on:

'Yes, spurias are often dormant in summer and come into growth during fall or over winter.'

See: http://www.spuriairissociety.o...
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
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Dec 13, 2018 2:23 AM CST
Welcome! Tienito!

I wish I could help further, but I've never dealt with spuria irises sadly. In the coming future, though! Good luck with your irises!
We'll miss ya, Lilly.

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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Dec 13, 2018 6:22 AM CST
grow a few .....maybe 15, or so. "Basic" culture is about the same as bearded.....lots of sun, and good drainage, although I plant them about 2 inches deep, instead of "on the surface", and mulch them with pine straw, for the first year after planting.soil ph doesn't seem to be an issue for them, as most are planted with the bearded irises, but some are in my "beardless bed", which has been "acidified". Like other beardless....when they are "out of the ground", the rhizomes need to be kept damp, and they will.....when it's very dry, benefit from a good watering(although ,my soil is VERY sandy, and possibly in heavier soils, watering may not be as important)
All -in - all, I would say they are the easiest of the irids to grow.
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Dec 15, 2018 11:27 AM CST
Interesting that they come out of dormancy in the fall. They are very like Louisiana iris then in that respect. So yes, having nice foliage for your spuria now is nothing to worry about.
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Name: Tienito
Rhode Island (Zone 6b)
Dec 15, 2018 7:22 PM CST
crowrita1 said: grow a few .....maybe 15, or so.

Spoken like a true iris aficionado! I'm curious, do you have any favorites that you would recommend?
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Dec 20, 2018 4:43 PM CST
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Shelford Giant

Sunny Day

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Rodeo Blue
all three of these seem to be pretty easy to grow, they aren't the "flashiest" , but if you want something a little more colorful:

Piper May

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Missouri Rainbows
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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Dec 21, 2018 12:23 AM CST
Arlyn ~ They are beautiful! Lovey dubby
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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Dec 21, 2018 7:11 AM CST
I started collecting Spurias last year but they don't seem to do very well here in arid Colorado, lost at least 3 of the 6 I purchased. I was advised to plant in pots and treat them more like Siberian's than TBs, that they need more moisture here than TBs. The 1 I planted in AL fall before last actually bloomed last year with not a single ounce of additional watering and only weeding twice the entire year, noticed that it had died back when I visited in early fall and didn't specifically look when we were there a few weeks ago.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Dec 22, 2018 4:39 PM CST
I have 2. Iris spuria 'Golden Lady', Iris spuria 'Lemon Delemma'

I have them planted with my Japanese and Siberian iris. No special care.

They do not seem to be evergreen. I am in zone 5. I just went out with flashlight in hand, they are all brown but do have a few green new growth. Never noticed that before:) of course, I was not looking...

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Name: Tienito
Rhode Island (Zone 6b)
Dec 22, 2018 9:45 PM CST
Thank you for sharing the pictures. Missouri Rainbows is so fresh and beautiful!

crowrita1 said:
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Missouri Rainbows

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