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Leopard lily

Belamcanda chinensis  • 

Photo: Leopard lily

General description

Common Name: blackberry lily

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Family: Iridaceae

Zone: 5 to 10

Native Range: Central Asia, India, China, Japan

Garden Location: Kemper Cutting Garden, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Flower Borders

Height: 2 to 3 feet

Spread: 0.75 to 2 feet

Bloom Time: July to August

Bloom Color: Orange

Bloom Description: Orange dotted with red

Sun: Full sun

Water: Medium

Maintenance: Low

Flowers: Showy Flowers

Fruit: Showy Fruit

Tolerates: Drought

Uses: Dried Flower

Culture

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.

Noteworthy 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. Formerlyknows as Belamcanda chinensis.

Properties

Color
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Soil type
Any
Clay
Sunlight
Full sun
Partial shade
PH
Neutral
Hardiness
Hardy