The term “novelty iris describes iris that are divergent in pattern, form or habit from the mainstream of iris development.” (Ben Hager)
Iris Category: Spuria
Iris spuria, commonly called salt marsh iris or butterfly iris, is a tall, rhizomatous, beardless iris native to central and southern Europe and from Algeria to Iran. It is one of the tallest members of the iris family, with stems typically rising to 3′ (occasionally to 5′) tall. Stalk height is often reduced in cold winter climates. Grows in clumps with attractive narrow linear leaves (to 3-4′ long). Flowers on species plants typically have bluish-purple to lilac segments with falls sometimes having a yellow ridge. Color variations expand the color range to include white, blue, purple, wine and brown.