Arils, or aril irises, are wild bearded iris species found in semi-arid to desert climates from Central Asia to the Middle East. Aril irises get their name from the creamy white collar (or "aril") on their seeds. Despite their desert heritage some arils are successfully grown in places like Germany and Michigan. The term "aril" also applies to hybrids between any aril species.
Arilbreds, or arilbred irises, are the result of breeding arils with the more commonly grown bearded irises from Europe. The arilbreds are diverse in color and form and size, and therefore are a fun and exciting choice for your garden. Arilbreds will grow well wherever traditional bearded irises grow.
Each year the judges of the American Iris Society select the best irises in each class. Those award winning arils and arilbreds receive an actual medal based on the percentage of their aril ancestry. (See below.)
The Aril Society operates independently of the American Iris Society and is considered a cooperating society. Each group has its own membership dues. The big membership benefits for ASI are our annual seed sale & plant sale.
Many of our members participate on the on-line robin called ARILROBIN. Some members host display gardens open to the public. And other members have commercial nurseries selling our favorite irises.
I. paradoxa and I. susiana photos by Rafael Diez Dominguez. 'Sand Dancer' photo by Rick Tasco.
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