Blackberry Lily, Leopard Lily
Height: 2-3' (60-90cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: Orange ____________________________________
Subclass: Monocotyledonae (Monocotyledons) Superorder: Liliidae (Lily Superorder) Order: Liliales (Lily Order) Family: Iridaceae (Iris Family) Genus: Belamcanda (Leopard Lily) Species: chinensis (Chinese) ____________________________________
Belamcanda chinensis is not very well known in the UK, although it is fairly hardy. It has unexpectedly wide Iris-like flat bluish leaves, considering the size of its flowers. In summer and into autumn, it bears wiry stems holding small clusters of small flat-faced flowers in bright orange with dark spots, giving rise to one of its common names, Leopard Lily. Following these are the seeds, a cluster of fat black berries, which are the reason for its other common name, Blackberry Lily.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod There is no seed pod. The seeds are held in a cluster resembling a blackberry.
Seed The seeds are fat black berries. There are several seeds on each seedhead.
Seedling The seedling has a single grassy leaf.
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