Blackberry Lily

Belamcanda chinensis

[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: 5 - 9 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full Sun

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Blooming Dates 2001: Jul 12 – Oct 122002: Jul 5 – Aug 242003: Jul 18 – Sep 62004: Jun 24 – Aug 272005: Jul 11 – Sep 102006: Jul 11 – Sep 152007: Jul 6 – Oct 52008: Jul 11 – Aug 292009: Jul 10 – Sep 12010: Jun 18 – Sep 12011: Jun 28 – Sep 22012: Jun 22 – Aug 72013: Jul 9 – Aug 282014: Jul 2 – Aug 18