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.
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