(Butterfly Iris) If you liken the garden to a stage, with bulbs and plants the actors and the gardener as director, then the flowering season is the performance. The Iris family has been popular on the garden stage for many many years; the bulbous Iris reticulata as the opening act closely followed by the various sizes of Bearded Iris as the second. But we directors need to rethink our casting because we're missing the spectacular and seldom seen final act! We've left out the tall, statuesque and dramatic SPURIA IRIS.
One wonders how we could have overlooked them. They're up to 1.5m tall (5'), they have 3 - 5 large 10-13cm flowers (4-5") per sturdy stalk. They make impressive, long-lasting cut flowers, they grow happily undisturbed for 10 years or more and they're hardy to zone 3! They bloom 2-3 weeks after the Tall Bearded Iris. And best of all, our entire cast are grown right here in Canada.
How to grow Spuria Iris
Our bare root Spuria Iris are best planted in the fall. All they ask is a fertile soil, modest amount of water, deadheading and a feeding of compost or manure in the spring and after they bloom.