Black Gamecock Iris Shallow Water Plant


The Black Gamecock Iris, scientifically known as Iris louisiana ‘Black Gamecock,’ is an award-winning perennial that boasts the darkest blooms in the Iris family. Its striking flowers and lush, sword-like foliage create a dramatic visual impact from late spring to early summer. Ideal for water gardens, pond edges, or as a striking border plant, this Iris thrives in moist conditions but is remarkably adaptable, flourishing in waterlogged soils and regular garden settings. With its easy-care nature and breathtaking beauty, the Black Gamecock Iris is perfect for novice gardeners and seasoned horticulturists looking to add a touch of drama to their landscape.

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Characteristics and Special Features

  • Common Names: Black Gamecock Iris, Louisiana Iris
  • Zones: Hardy in zones 4-9, offering widespread adaptability across various climates.
  • Light Requirements: Performs best in full sun to partial shade, with vibrant blooms in optimal lighting.
  • Soil Preference: Prefers moist, well-drained soil; adaptable to aquatic and traditional garden environments.
  • Height at Maturity: Grows up to 24-36 inches tall, making it an ideal focal point or background plant.
  • Width at Maturity: Reaches a spread of 18-24 inches, providing substantial presence and texture.
  • Bloom Color: Deep, almost black, velvety purple, creating striking contrast in the garden.
  • Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer, offering a show-stopping display when many other plants are just beginning to emerge.
  • Foliage Color: Rich, green, sword-like foliage that remains attractive throughout the growing season.

Why Purchase from Chalily?

  • Exceptional Quality: Each Black Gamecock Iris is carefully selected and nurtured to ensure vibrant blooms and robust health.
  • Expert Guidance: Our team is here to offer personalized advice and tips to help your Iris thrive in its new home.
  • Quick, Safe Shipping: We prioritize your plants’ safe and speedy delivery, ensuring they arrive ready to flourish.
  • Guaranteed Satisfaction: At Chalily, your gardening success is our top priority. We stand behind the quality of our plants and service.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How much water does the Black Gamecock Iris need?

A: While it prefers moist conditions, it’s adaptable and can tolerate dryer soils once established. Regular watering is recommended, especially in dry conditions.

Q: Can the Black Gamecock Iris be used in cut flower arrangements?

A: Absolutely! Its stunning blooms make a dramatic and lasting impression on floral arrangements.

Q: Is the Black Gamecock Iris invasive?

A: No, it’s not considered invasive. It’s a manageable plant that adds beauty without overtaking your garden.

Q: How often should I fertilize my Iris?

A: Fertilize in early spring and again after blooming with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to encourage growth and blooms.

NOTES FROM THE EXPERTS AT CHALILY: Our live plants are delivered as bare root plants. This means that the plant has mature, growing root structures ready to be planted. We recommend Chalily Lily and Lotus Fertilizer for all flowering aquatic plants.