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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

Shipping

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

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
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