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Melinda Ellzey March 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Would like information on joining or participating in Iris Society

Patrick March 20, 2011 at 2:16 am

I don’t know where you live or whether there is a local iris organization there. However, the Society For Louisiana Irises is a national, no international, organization that is very active and produces excellent information. The SLI website has information on joining, but browse around the site for more. Feel free to email me with other questions.


Patrick December 13, 2012 at 11:17 am

Sorry this is not a timely response. Two suggestions. One, go to and look at the catalog. Second. go to the Society for Louisiana Irises website and navigate to the Commercial Directory. Generally, new online catalogs go up in the spring. Most everyone will take orders beginning then for fall shipping. Locally, it depends. You might find a nursery that has some. Those specializing in water gardens might be the best candidates. Sometimes the big chain stores will get in a limited number of varieties in the spring.

Raqiba Rybicki July 2, 2018 at 2:43 pm

I have two very happy areas of Black Game Cock Iris. They multiply very rapidly. My question is whether I should cut back the foliage as I do with other iris and if so when. When would be the best time to order and plant a new variety and are many of them hardy in southern Minnesota? Thank you. RR

Patrick July 2, 2018 at 9:31 pm

I would not cut back the foliage on Black Gamecock unless it becomes unattractive. As long as it is growing and green, leave it. Most online Louisiana iris nurseries are taking orders for fall delivery. Fall is the best time to plant. Actually, from late August through November in most areas. I would say as early in this period as possible for Minnesota.

Black Gamecock is especially hardy. Louisiana irises are mostly hardy in northern climates, but snow cover is highly desirable in really cold areas. A heavy mulch is a good idea. I am in New Orleans and have no direct experience with growing in cold areas, but take a look at this article:

You can check on the SLI website, as well, for a list of online nurseries:

Good luck.

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