Blackberry lily or leopard lily.
Belamcanda chinensis is native to south-east Asia (China, India, Japan) and belongs to the Iridaceae family. It has several names, including Epidendrum domesticum, Vanilla domestica, Belamcada punctata, Gemmingia chinensis, Ixia chinensis, Moraea chinensis!
It was only in 2005, with the revolution in gene sequencing, that this plant was definitively classified in the iris genus.
Belamcanda chinensis is used in traditional Chinese medicine and is also an original plant for ornamental gardens. It reseeds itself freely and the blackberry-like bunches of black seeds are as attractive as the flowers. Spear-shaped leaves and purple-speckled orange flowers.
Grow in the sun or slight shade in fertile, sandy soil, that is moist in the summer. Hardiness: - 10°C in dry soil.
This hermaphrodite, ephemeral perennial will reseed freely in the garden or you can collect the ripe seeds in the autumn to sow in pots or in the ground the following spring. You need to protect the seedlings from slugs and snails.
Belamcanda chinensis - Iris domestica
Francisco Manuel Blanco (O.S.A.) - Flora de Filipinas -1880
- 0,7 litre pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 8-10
- Height: 30 to 50cm
- Plant spacing: 30 cm
- Flower colour: orange
- Flowering period: summer flowers