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Louisiana Iris 'Black Gamecock'

Item Code: perennial-iris-black-gamecock
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Ships As: Perennial Bareroot #1 Grade You can't go wrong with this top award winner. It is known for having “outrageous vigor”, multiplying quickly when sited properly in consistently moist to boggy soil or shallow water. Blooming reliably each year, huge 4-6” blossoms open flat to display their regal velvety deep purple flowers with the narrowest gold signal on each petal. The bloom time varies by climate, but typically ranges from late spring into midsummer. This is certainly one of the most beautiful of all native cultivars! Louisiana Irises typically bloom after both Siberian and Tall Bearded Irises have finished blooming for the season.
Height: 24-36 Inches Spread: 24 Inches Flower Color: Purple shades Foliage Color: Green shades Hardiness Zone: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Sun or Shade?: Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun) Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun) Wet or dry?: Consistent water needs Average water needs Want to see wings?: Attracts hummingbirds Bee Friendly Need critter resistant plants?: Deer resistant Rabbit resistant How fast should it grow?: Rapid When should it bloom?: Early - Mid Summer How's your soil?: Average Soil Fertile Soil ATTRIBUTES: Bog Plant Border Plant Cut Flower Mass Planting HOMEOWNER GROWING & MAINTENANCE TIPS: Louisiana Irises are at their best when grown in wet to boggy soil or in shallow water up to four inches deep. They tend to bloom heaviest when grown in water. However, they can also be grown successfully in the garden as long as a consistent source of moisture is available. The soil should be acidic, as the plants will be more pale in color and overall weaker when grown in soil with a higher pH. Louisiana Irises bloom best in full sun but will also grow in partial shade. Late spring is the ideal time to transplant the rhizomes, though late summer or early fall is also acceptable. Do not transplant them in the heat of summer or in late fall. Plants will multiply quickly if sited properly. These plants are heavy feeders, especially in zones where the growing season is relatively short. Provide a dose of liquid fertilizer on a regular schedule for best results. Provide pine straw or other mulch in the fall, but be sure to pull away the mulch early in the spring to prevent rot. As their name implies, these plants are native to Louisiana and the southern states. However, they are also cold hardy all the way to zone 4. Louisiana Irises have one of the broadest growing ranges of all perennials, from zones 4-10. Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

What is a Bareroot, Plant Plug or Potted Plant

My Alt TagA bare root is the root of a plant in a dormant state, and depending on the species, will have eyes or sprouts. It is a plant that is sold with the roots exposed, rather than potted in soil. Bare roots are healthy and usually grow quickly depending on the species. A plant plug is the general term for seedlings or rooted cuttings that have been started in trays of individual cells. Plant plugs have healthy root systems and can be dormant or breaking dormancy. Plugs and bare roots are the most economical way to purchase perennial plants. A potted plant is one that is usually in a 4-6” pot and is well on its way to growing. We rarely offer larger potted plants but those we do offer are those that need a head start, like hydrangeas or other bush-type plants because of their longer growth time.

Our Commitment to You On Quality:

Vermont Wildflower Farm has a strong commitment to provide only the most healthy, vigorous stock to our customers. We are committed to only offering plants that our customers will be successful with. We have built our reputation by offering a wide variety of items to choose from, only the finest quality and we stand firmly behind our product. We offer superior customer service and we, like you, are gardener's too, so we won't sell you anything that does not meet our high standards and that we would not plant ourselves. In fact, all of our products are planted at our homes and our business. If something does not meet your expectations or does not grow, just call or e-mail us so we can assist you. We are also available 7 days a week to offer advice, answer questions or help you plan your gardens. Your success is our success! Arrival of Your Shipment • If you are unable to plant right away, we suggest the following: • Store your bare root or plug perennials for a short time at a temperature between 35 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. A cool basement is perfect. • Open the boxes for good air circulation to discourage surface mold growth. (surface mold is not harmful to firm and otherwise healthy looking roots and can be rinsed away prior to planting) • Plant as soon as you can. (Do not over water your perennials.) Leave your bare roots in their package. If you notice the contents becoming dry, moisten with a spray bottle but do not soak the bag and packing material/soil. • Make sure you choose the right spot for your plant. • Plant according to tag instructions. • Make sure you follow moisture requirements for your new perennials. • Make sure when planting your bare root perennials that they are planted in the proper direction (root ball at the bottom). Some don't care but others do! As always, if you have any questions, please just shoot us an e-mail or call us toll-free and one of our experts will be happy to answer your questions!


Your online order for bulbs/bareroots/perennials etc. will be charged to your credit card including shipping at the time of placing the order (advance sale) and the bulbs and/or perennials, bare roots will ship according to the shipping schedule on the guide pages. This is standard practice in the mail-order bulb business. It not only allows us to accurately project inventory but allows us to offer you huge discounts for pre-ordering. We fully guarantee all flower bulbs and perennial plants/bareroots under the same terms as our seed products.