Belamcanda chinensis (Chinese Blackberry lily)

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Plant Overview

Flowering for weeks in the summer, this unique perennial produces a profusion of two inch wide, brilliant orange blossoms with heavy red specking and shading on the petals. Green, sword-shaped foliage similar to that of a tall bearded iris.

In autumn, pear-shaped pods burst open to reveal clusters of black seeds resembling black berries. The pods and seeds remain if left, adding interest over winter.

Useful in fresh or dried flower arrangements.

Native to eastern Russia, China and Japan

Height and spread: 50cm x 45 cm

Common name: Chinese Blackberry lily; Chinese leopard flower; Dwarf tiger lily.

Synonym: Belamcanda chinensis 'Leopard Lily'; Belamcanda chinensis var. curtata; Iris domestica





Photo 1: Fan Wen, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo 2: I, Brighterorange, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
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