Iris domestica

(Blackberry Lily)


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Hardiness Zones:

 10a  10b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

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. Formerly known as Belamcanda chinensis.

Description

Easily grown in average, medium, 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.

Additional information

Common Name

Blackberry Lily

Botanical Name

Iris domestica

Container/Amount

1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Deciduous

Hardiness Zone

10a, 10b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Average

Light Requirements

Sun

Height

2 to 3ft.

Width

up to 2 ft.

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

late summer

Flower Color

Orange dotted w/ red

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

No

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