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Iris domestica (Blackberry Lily)

Blackberry Lily, Belamcanda chinensis, Belamcanda chinensis 'Leopard Lily', Belamcanda chinensis var. curtata, Belamcanda flabellata


Iris domestica (Blackberry Lily) is an erect, rhizomatous perennial boasting showy sprays of 3-12 reddish-orange flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), with 6 flaring petals of equal size that are peppered with deep red spots. Blooming in mid to late summer, each flower usually lasts only a day, but the plant produces a succession of blooms over a period of several weeks. They are borne on slender, naked stems and rise above a fan of flat, sword-shaped, medium green leaves, 10 in. long (25 cm), which arise from underground rhizomes and remain attractive through the growing season. The blossoms are followed by persistent pear-shaped seed pods splitting to reveal several conspicuous, shiny black seeds arranged in clusters resembling large blackberries, hence the common name of Blackberry Lily. The seeds remain on the stalks for several months and offer good winter interest. Formerly known as Belamcanda chinensis, Blackberry Lily is suitable for perennial borders, containers, and for naturalizing in informal areas.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 10-24 in. wide (25-60 cm). Will self-seed if happy.
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. Do not let the soil dry out in summer.
  • A welcomed addition to beds and borders, city gardens, coastal gardens, cottage gardens where it will provide excellent color contrast. Great for containers too.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Deadhead to prolong blooming and prevent self-seeding.
  • Propagate by seed in a cold frame in spring. Divide in spring.
  • Native from the Himalayas to Russian Far East.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Iris - Other
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 10" – 2' (25cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Iris - Other
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 10" – 2' (25cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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