Iris 'Black Gamecock'

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One of The Boldest and The Best Year After Year

Stunning color and unprecedented vigor make this Louisiana iris the best. Iris 'Black Gamecock' flourishes in early summer year after year in wet soils with giant, near-black blooms. The most vigorous Louisiana iris ever grown is a flower fully a half foot wide and so velvety that gardeners can't resist touching the deep purple petals. The golden throats highlight the ebony hues of the blooms. Splendid in any setting, Iris 'Black Gamecock' is especially effective in waterside plantings or in meadows and woodlands.

This plant reaches three feet high and wide, and in rich, moist soil is virtually maintenance-free. This native strain thrives from Texas to South Carolina and mostly in Louisiana. Formerly available only as a mix of colors, the iris family stepped upward with the stately Iris 'Black Gamecock'.

Iris 'Black Gamecock' spreads by rhizomes, so the grouping planted this year will be bigger and better after a season or two. As tolerant of unseasonable cold as of heat and humidity, this hardy, pest-free native forms large, thriving clumps of smoky color wherever the soil stays moist and reasonably fertile. Space Iris 'Black Gamecock' about two feet apart in Zones 4 to 9.

Choose locations in full sun or light shade. The soil should be moderately damp with organic matter added. Cover the rhizomes with two to three inches of acidic soil of pH <6.5. Water plants well during droughts. Semi-annual applications of a balanced fertilizer as new growth begins and then two months before blooming are advisable as is a year-round mulch in the cold climates.


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Genus Iris
Species hybrid
Variety 'Black Gamecock'
Item Form Bareroot
Zone 4 - 9
Bloom Start To End Early Summer
Habit Upright
Plant Height 3 ft
Plant Width 3 ft
Bloom Size 6 in
Additional Characteristics Flower, Native
Bloom Color Dark Purple, Black
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Ornamental
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Product Review Summary

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The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

May 14, 2018

these are survivors of the worst conditions!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Years ago I got a bag of a couple of these irises, threw them, bag and all into a bed intending to plant them later but forgot. And then completely forgot about them for 2 or 3 years.The worst possible conditions-dry, infertile, full blast hot sun. last year I thought it was some kind of grass and just left it ( at least something was filling in that space), but yesterday, after a rain, I saw 20-30 buds which popped open in profusion today- masses of the most dramatic blooms over silvery gray leaves. I will plant something neon yellow that will coincide with these babies for next year.

from NC

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