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Blackberry Lily Seeds

(Belamcanda chinensis)

Belamcanda chinensis is native to Asia. Thomas Jefferson grew this heirloom flower in his garden at Monticello. It is an unusual perennial for a beautiful late summer blooming border. The flower resembles a miniature Day Lily but it is actually a member of the Iris family. Sword like rich green leaves and clusters of delightfully speckled flowers develop in waves from mid June to late September. The blooms are followed by the Blackberry-like seed formation when the pods dry and open. Great for single cuts or in arrangements.


Other Names:Leopard Lily, She-gan
Flowers:Orange-yellow petals with red-purple spots
Foliage:Green flat iris-like leaves
Lifecycle:2    (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)
Height:30 inches
Diameter:8 inches
Container Planting:yes

Cultural Requirements:

USDA Zones:4 to 10
Soil:Rocky clay to fertile loam
Propagation / Germination:Sow indoors in winter early spring about 10 weeks before the last frost date. Barely cover the seeds, then refrigerate 3 weeks. Remove and keep soil moist above 72 degrees.
Spacing:8 inch minimum recommended
Sun:Part shade to full sun
Water:Moist but not soggy
Pests and Diseases:Iris Root bore in hotter wet soil climates

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