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Belamcanda chinensis (Blackberry Lily)

Belamcanda chinensis (Blackberry Lily) named for their ornamental black seed clusters have delightful 2″ lily-like flowers of soft yellow-orange with crimson spots. Even though it is called a lily it is actually in the Iris family. Fan-shaped leaves will reach 2 to 3 feet. Foliage is iris-like and stays nice through season.

In the garden, the vivid orange blooms look good next to delicate foliage plants like Russian sage, baby’s breath or yarrow. It grows well in average soil and full sun. The vibrant color of the blooms will be prolonged if given afternoon shade. You can expect the plant to self sow or collect the seeds and distribute them in the fall. This is a great plant for the brightly colored border.

All of our woodland plants grow naturally on rich, moist forest floors and are perfectly suited for your garden. Add them to an existing wooded area or create your own woodland garden. Dappled shade and humus-rich soil provide perfect growing conditions.

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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 24-30"
Spacing 12-18"
Hardiness Zones 4-9
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Green, iris-like
Flower Orange dotted with red
Bloomtime July - August

General Information +

Botanical: Belamcanda chinensis

Common: Blackberry Lily

Family: Iridaceae

General Characteristics: Blackberry lily (also commonly called leopard lily) is an erect, rhizomatous perennial which typically grows 2-3' tall. Lily-like, deep orange flowers (to 2" across), heavily spotted with red dots, have 6 petal-like perianth segments. Flowers appear in early to-mid summer in sprays above the foliage on wiry, naked stems typically rising to 3' (less frequently to 4') tall. Sword-shaped, iris-like, medium green leaves (to 10" long) are in flattened fans. Flowers give way to pear-shaped seed pods which split open when ripe (late summer), with each pod revealing a blackberry-like seed cluster, hence the common name of blackberry lily. Spotting on the flowers gives rise to the additional common name of leopard lily.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Iris borers may attack plant rhizomes.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to hold the roots. If any roots seem tightly bound, loosen before planting. Fill the hole with water and position the plant so the crown (where the roots meet the stem) is just slightly below the soil line. Fill the hole with soil and water again. Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soils in full sun. Likes moist soils, but poorly-drained ones, particularly in winter, can be fatal. Clumps slowly expand by creeping rhizomes. May self-seed in optimum growing conditions which helps keep these somewhat short-lived perennials in the garden.