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Blackberry Lily

Belamcanda chinensis

This Asian perennial, which Thomas Jefferson called "Chinese Ixia," is actually a member of the Iris family. Jefferson first received seed from nurseryman Bernard McMahon in 1807, during his second term as President of the United States. These were sown in an East Front oval flowerbed at Monticello. Today the blackberry lilies that are found naturalized throughout Monticello are believed to be descendants of Jefferson's original plantings.

The Blackberry Lily is a hardy, herbaceous summer-flowering perennial with red-spotted orange flowers on stalks, followed by unusual seed heads that resemble blackberries, but the seeds are not edible.

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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: 
July 12, 2001 to October 12, 2001July 5, 2002 to August 24, 2002July 18, 2003 to September 6, 2003June 24, 2004 to August 27, 2004July 11, 2005 to September 10, 2005July 11, 2006 to September 15, 2006July 6, 2007 to October 5, 2007July 11, 2008 to August 29, 2008July 10, 2009 to September 1, 2009June 18, 2010 to September 1, 2010June 28, 2011 to September 2, 2011June 22, 2012 to August 7, 2012July 9, 2013 to August 28, 2013July 2, 2014 to August 18, 2014June 5, 2015 to August 26, 2015July 4, 2016 to August 23, 2016June 30, 2017 to July 26, 2017June 27, 2018 to October 17, 2018June 25, 2019

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