a section of the American
Dave Niswonger '1988
The Spuria Iris Society, a section of the American
Iris Society ( http://www.irises.org
was organized in 1952.
Spurias will grow and bloom well in most areas of the country. Most modern
hybrids are descendants of species found in Southern Europe and east throughout
Afghanistan. Modern hybrids are respected for their ease of growth and enormous
size. Their exquisite flowers are highly sought by both florists and arrangers.
Every year the Eric Nies Award is given for the best Spuria as voted on by AIS
Judges. The first Nies Award was given in 1956 to WADI ZEM ZEM (Milliken '43).
The annual meeting of the Society is held each year in conjunction with the
American Iris Society's national convention.
1998 was the inception of our first "mini-convention" focusing on our
love, the Spuria Iris.
The Society publishes a Newsletter twice a year with articles on hybridizers,
culture, information on gardens throughout the country and other items of
interest. The Society maintains sets of slides available for rental use for
local iris groups and garden clubs. The Society publishes The Spuria Iris
Registrations and Introductions containing detailed information on all
registered cultivars of Spuria, their hybridizers, parentages, and awards.
Annual lists of new cultivars are printed in the Newsletter.
The Spuria Iris Society is also on FACEBOOK
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We invite you to join.