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■(IB) 'Kochii', aka Iris kochii Kerner aka 'American Black Prince'

1887, Kerner

'Kochii' (Anton Joseph Kerner von Marilaun, 1887, collected Italy.) IB-E-R7D. (synonym Atropurpurea) see also Iris kochii

See below:

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I Kochii KI.KochiiIB I.KochiiIB I.KochiiIB I.KochiiIB I.KochiiCourtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS websitePhoto by Judy Schneider-The Shady SpotPhoto by Amazing Iris Garden-New ZealandPhoto by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris GardensPhoto by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden


From Farr, 1917/18) Standards and falls rich violet-purple; very handsome. From Indian Spring Farms, 1927: a wild iris from southern Europe. Flowers uniform blackish-purple-a rich coloring that is greatly admired. Blooms early at the same time as Florentina with which it makes an attractive planting. Nomenclature much confused; similar to 'Purple King' but falls slightly darker.


Quick Summary of Cultural Directions

Hardiness Zones 4-8 for most varieties, Some cultivars tolerate colder, others tolerate warmer zones (please comment in comment box with your location if this cultivar grows well in zone 3, 4, 9, or 10.)
Exposure Prefers full sun for optimal performance, may still bloom in half-day shade
Water: Prefers well drained good garden soil, Tolerant of dry conditions in established plants, Intolerant of swampy conditions.
PH Prefers Neutral to basic solis 6.1 to 8.5, quite toleranr of more extreme conditions
Fertilizer Prefers rich conditions on relatively inorganic soils.

-- BobPries - 2011-03-07

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-- BobPries - 2010-12-14
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
21_October_2015_012.jpgjpg 21_October_2015_012.jpg manage 89 K 28 Oct 2015 - 01:06 Main.firecentaurr I Kochii K
21_October_2015_013.jpgjpg 21_October_2015_013.jpg manage 88 K 28 Oct 2015 - 01:04 Main.firecentaurr I.Kochii
21_October_2015_014.jpgjpg 21_October_2015_014.jpg manage 91 K 28 Oct 2015 - 01:02 Main.firecentaurr IB I.Kochii
21_October_2015__z_006.jpgjpg 21_October_2015__z_006.jpg manage 98 K 28 Oct 2015 - 01:02 Main.firecentaurr IB I.Kochii
21_October_2015__z_007.jpgjpg 21_October_2015__z_007.jpg manage 116 K 28 Oct 2015 - 01:02 Main.firecentaurr IB I.Kochii
24_October_2015_001.jpgjpg 24_October_2015_001.jpg manage 128 K 28 Oct 2015 - 01:02 Main.firecentaurr IB I.Kochii
Kochii.jpgjpg Kochii.jpg manage 20 K 14 Dec 2010 - 14:44 BobPries Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
Kochii01.JPGJPG Kochii01.JPG manage 154 K 01 Sep 2016 - 20:09 TerryLaurin Photo by Judy Schneider-The Shady Spot
Kochii01.jpgjpg Kochii01.jpg manage 28 K 18 Jul 2017 - 18:58 TerryLaurin Photo by Amazing Iris Garden-New Zealand
kochii5.JPGJPG kochii5.JPG manage 218 K 23 May 2023 - 02:11 TerryLaurin Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
kochii9.JPGJPG kochii9.JPG manage 93 K 21 Aug 2021 - 02:17 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Topic revision: r16 - 26 May 2023, Harloiris
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