BELAMCANDA chinensis

Blackberry Lily, Leopard Lily



Height: 2-3' (60-90cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Orange

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Monocotyledonae (Monocotyledons)
Superorder: Liliidae (Lily Superorder)
Order: Liliales (Lily Order)
Family: Iridaceae (Iris Family)
Genus: Belamcanda (Leopard Lily)
Species: chinensis (Chinese)
Belamcanda chinensis

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:


(192 days)

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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