The Spuria Iris Society, a section of the American Iris Society, 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.
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.
There are several types of SIS memberships. Listed below are the membership rates/selections. (Please note that membership information is not available here for local and regional societies. Check with AIS Regional VPs or local club leaders for those membership rates. See the Local Iris Societies listings on this website)
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