Plant of the Week: Belamcanda chinensis
Blackberry Lily
Iridaceae

Belamcanda chinensis

Belamcanda chinensis or Blackberry Lily derives its name from the clusters of shiny black seeds exposed when seed capsules split open. Even though it is called a lily it is actually in the Iris family. Fan-shaped leaves will reach 2 to 3 feet. They are hardy from zones 5 -10 in the U.S. Blackberry Lilies are native to China and Japan.

Blooming Time: Late summer. Flowers are orange with a red dot and are 2 inches across.

Culture: Belamcanda chinensis need partial shade to full sun. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mixture consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. Let the soil dry in between waterings. Fertilize monthly during the growing season. In the winter months, water sparingly. If grown outside, plant rhizomes 1 inch deep in a well-drained soil.

Propagation: Belamcanda chinensis is propagated by division of rhizomes or by seed. Seeds need a 4 to 6 week cold stratification period. Plants from seed will usually bloom in the first year.

Belamcanda chinensis was featured as Plant of the Week October 13-19, 2000.

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