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 the 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.