'Black Gamecock' is a breathtaking flower, fully half a foot wide and so velvety you can't resist touching the deep purple petals! The golden throat just highlights the ebony hues of the bloom, which stand out like sentries in the early-summer garden! A splendid blossom for any setting, 'Black Gamecock' is especially effective in a waterside planting, the middle of a border, or naturalized in a meadow or woodland setting.
This plant reaches 3 feet high and wide, and is virtually maintenance free in rich, consistently moist soil. Louisiana Iris is a native strain, thriving from Texas to Georgia and South Carolina but concentrated, as you might guess, in Louisiana. (No wonder it sports the colors of the New Orleans Saints!) Usually available only as a mix with a variety of colors, this family just took a big step upward with showy, stately 'Black Gamecock'!
This Iris thrives in full sun, but appreciates a bit of shade in the afternoon in hot climates. It spreads by rhizomes, and the grouping you plant this year will be even bigger and better in a season or two! Tolerant of unseasonable cold as well as heat and humidity, this hardy native is pest and disease free, happy to form a large, thriving clump of smoky color wherever the soil stays moist and is reasonably fertile. Space 'Black Gamecocks' about 2 feet apart. Zones 4-9.