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Name: Tienito
Rhode Island (Zone 6b)
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Tienito
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
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Dec 12, 2018 2:42 PM CST
tiento, i copied this from yahoo:


"Irises - Houston Chronicle
www.chron.com/life/gardening/article/Irises...
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
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IrisLilli
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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UndyingLight
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!
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
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)
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Lestv
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.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Tienito
Rhode Island (Zone 6b)
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Tienito
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)
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crowrita1
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
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evelyninthegarden
Dec 21, 2018 12:23 AM CST
Arlyn ~ They are beautiful! Lovey dubby
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Name: Liz Best
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LizinElizabeth
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.
LizB
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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frankrichards16
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)
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Tienito
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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Name: Tienito
Rhode Island (Zone 6b)
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Tienito
Feb 26, 2020 9:15 AM CST
I'm revisiting this thread because, as it turned out, the spurias went dormant in the summer and really suffered under our wet conditions. I lost two of the three that I bought, and am waiting now to see if the third comes back this spring. What a bummer. I emailed a vendor to ask if they could recommend spurias that do not go dormant and could handle our climate better. It is my understanding that spurias come in broadly two groups - a northern group that does better in wet summers, and a southern group that requires dry conditions during the hot months. Unfortunately for me, most of the spurias from our west coast are of the latter group. I can't seem to find any information about the tendencies of specific cultivars though.
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TBManOR
Feb 26, 2020 1:41 PM CST
A good source of info would be Jim Hedgecock of Comanche Acres Iris Gardens.
He sells a good variety on his site, and he's in a climate somewhat similar to yours, although not exactly. He may be able to guide you. Im not sure if that's the vendor you've mentioned in your post, but it could be a start.
Best of luck
Name: Tienito
Rhode Island (Zone 6b)
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Tienito
Jun 17, 2020 6:12 AM CST
My one surviving spuria is Cinnamon Stick and is blooming with a single scape right now. I'm on the fence about pulling it out. The flower reminds me why I love this class of irises so much. Maybe I'll wait another year and see.

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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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frankrichards16
Jun 17, 2020 10:45 AM CST
my golden lady was a no show last year (2019). Lemon Delemma was just fine. Waiting to see what develops this year.

that Cinnamon Stick is a keeper!
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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lauriemorningglory
Jun 17, 2020 5:24 PM CST
Cinnamon Stick is beautiful---mysterious! Smiling
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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lauriemorningglory
Jun 17, 2020 5:25 PM CST
Good luck, Frank, on seeing some blooms this year!
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Jun 18, 2020 1:49 AM CST
I love Cinnamon Stick too Lovey dubby .
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Jun 18, 2020 10:05 AM CST
Totally_Amazing said:I love Cinnamon Stick too Lovey dubby .

I agree, very Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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