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Black Gamecock Louisiana Iris

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'Black Gamecock' is the most famous of the Louisiana Irises, noted for its velvety, purple-black blooms set off by slender, gold highlights. Native to the south, its flowers measure up to 6" across and appear in spades just as summer arrives. 'Black Gamecock' thrives in well-watered gardens or naturally wet areas and is noted for its unmatched vigor. An easy choice for naturalizing along pond edges and throughout wet meadows. (Iris louisiana)
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Botanical Name
Iris louisiana Black Gamecock
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easy To Grow, Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
24-36" tall
Bloom Time
Early to mid summer


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.