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Louisiana Iris Black Gamecock

 

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The most famous of the Louisiana Irises, this one has stunning, purple-black blooms up to 6" across. Thrives in a well-watered garden or naturally wet area. (Iris louisiana)

Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 30-36" tall, 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
Size Bag of 1
SKU 84PER

Plant Information

This is probably the most famous of the Louisiana irises, a great group of native North American wildflowers. Among the hybrids made from the five native species, Black Gamecock has truly stunning black/purple blooms up to 6 across, making it a scene-stealer in any garden.

The Louisiana Irises are some of the most wonderful native plants in North America. Growing in and near wetlands in Louisiana and neighboring states, these amazing irises have cross-hybridized naturally over the years, so there are now an infinite number of colors and types. According to Iris expert, Claire Austin, today, they are found in the wild in tones of blue, lavender, yellow, white, pink, and orange/red, the latter color not found in any other irises. Their flowers are large and flatter than other irises, with less of a distinction between the upward center petals and outer falls, the petals that droop on most irises. This unique flower form makes the Louisiana Iris, in some ways, especially when viewed from above, the most beautiful of all the worlds irises.

They need plenty of water, but a well-watered perennial border is fine. A wet spot in your garden or meadow is even better.

SKU 84PER
Common Name Louisiana Water Iris
Botanical Name Iris louisiana
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Almost Black
Flower Size Up to 6 inch flowers
Mature Height 30-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Advantages Deer Resistant, Cut Flowers, Native
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsLouisiana Iris Black Gamecock
 
3.4

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1.0

DID not grow

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from austin tx

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Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Louisiana Iris Black Gamecock:

    Did not grow

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Multiple blooms per stalk, early flowers

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    from Gainesville, Fl.

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    Pros

    • Low Maintenance
    • Pest Resistant
    • Reliable Growth
    • Vivid Colors

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        Comments about American Meadows Louisiana Iris Black Gamecock:

        I put these plants in the ground last year and received nothing in the form of flowers. I wasn't really expecting any blooms since many things require a little "setting" time to establish through the summers here in Florida. But I was rewarded this spring! These iris were among my first plants to set their blooms and I was repeatedly delighted with each stalk sending off AT LEAST 2 flowers, if not three. Their petals were like velvet and I could enjoy each bloom for several days before it began to wilt. I did apply a slow-release granule blooming fertilizer in September and again in February, but that's about it. The blades are already multiplying nicely as well.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        From 3 Plants To Big Patch

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        from Port Byron, IL

        About Me Casual Hobbyist, Flower Freak

        Pros

        • Likes Wet Soil
        • Low Maintenance
        • Pest Resistant
        • Reliable Growth
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

        • Too Pretty

        Best Uses

        • Cut Flowers
        • Waterlogged Areas

        Comments about American Meadows Louisiana Iris Black Gamecock:

        i have a wet spot in my yard in sun/dappled shade that collects water everytime it rains. planted 3 gamecock irises there and each one had 1 stunning flower the 1st year. by the 3rd year they are huge with many flowers and multiplying. there is an old saying about perennials: first they sleep, then they creep, then they leap! that is certainly true with these beauties.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Beautiful flower

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        from Michigan

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        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Healthy

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          • Garden
          • Outdoors

          Comments about American Meadows Louisiana Iris Black Gamecock:

          I got this as a gift for my mom. She planted it as soon as the ground thawed slightly and got a beautiful bloom within a couple of months. This is a slightly brighter purple than I expected from a "Black Gamecock", but it is truly a stunning flower.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Plants grew but never flowered

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          from Port Angeles, WA

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions

          Cons

          • Did not flurish
          • Small In Size

          Best Uses

          • Outdoors
          • Patio

          Comments about American Meadows Louisiana Iris Black Gamecock:

          I planted these in a large ceramic pot with a large water saucer on a bench on my patio. I kept them moist ( easy here in the Great Northwest) and the plants grew to almost 2 feet but never a bud or a flower. I am hoping they flower this year.

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