Belamcanda chinensis (Chinese Tiger or Blackberry Lily)

Height: 2 feet (up to 4 feet with bloom)
Spread: 2 feet
Light: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained soil is a MUST. Drought tolerant once established. Does not like wet feet!
Description: Herbaceous perennial that features fanning foliage that slowly forms a clump through spreading rhizomes.Deep orange flowers with red spots top the clumps on long stalks in mid summer. Flowers give way to really cool-looking pods with blackberry-shaped seeds, hence the common name. A great addition to the borders of cottage or rustic gardens.

Turns out that the blackberry lily isn't just iris-like in flower and leaf but in actuality is an iris. Based on molecular DNA sequence evidence, Belamcanda chinensis, the sole species in the genus Belamcanda, was transferred to the genus Iris and renamed Iris domestica.


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Photo credits: (Left) North Carolina State Cooperative Extension and (Right) Brighterorange
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