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Blackberry Lily

Belamcanda chinensis

Jefferson planted "Chinese Ixia" in an oval flower bed in 1807. This hardy and robust perennial, now known as Blackberry Lily, is naturalized at Monticello, perhaps from an earlier Jefferson planting. The Blackberry Lily grows to three feet with showy orange flowers (spotted with red) in mid-summer. The curious blackberry-like seeds, ornamental as well, appear in September.

Growth Type: 
Perennial
Color(s): 
Orange, Reds, Yellow
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 Jul 12 to 2001 Oct 122002 Jul 5 to 2002 Aug 242003 Jul 18 to 2003 Sep 62004 Jun 24 to 2004 Aug 272005 Jul 11 to 2005 Sep 102006 Jul 11 to 2006 Sep 152007 Jul 6 to 2007 Oct 52008 Jul 11 to 2008 Aug 292009 Jul 10 to 2009 Sep 12010 Jun 18 to 2010 Sep 12011 Jun 28 to 2011 Sep 22012 Jun 22 to 2012 Aug 72013 Jul 9 to 2013 Aug 282014 Jul 2 to 2014 Aug 182015 Jun 5
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