Go Back Blackberry Lily

Belamcanda chinensis
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Plant Type: Hostas

A profusion of unique star-shaped flowers about 2 inches wide are produced on compact plants. They can vary in color from bright yellow-orange to near red, and are always heavily spotted with red. The foliage is sword-shaped like that of a tall bearded iris. Belamcanda blooms for weeks in late summer, and its season of interest is extended into fall with the interesting seed pods which develop. Tan, pear-shaped pods burst open to reveal clusters of black seeds resembling blackberries, hence the common name. They are persistent through the winter and are attractive in fresh or dried flower arrangements


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Plant Belamcanda in full sun and well-drained soil. It especially detests soil that is wet in winter. This plant varies in height depending on the soil conditions. When grown in poor, dry soil, the height of the flower stalks will be about 24". However, if the soil is rich and moist, they can grow up to 48" tall and will require staking. A heavy layer of mulch is suggested for northern winters. For best results, divide in early spring.


Flower Color

Yellow-orange speckled with red

Foliage Color

Green

Plant Spread

8-12 in.

Good Companions

Bee Balm (Monarda ), Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Blanket Flower (Gaillardia ), Grass-Ornamental (Miscanthus ), Silver Mound Artemesia (Artemisia schmidtiana), Speedwell-Spike (Veronica spicata), St. John's Wort (Hypericum moserianum), Stonecrop-Blue Spruce (Sedum repestre), Willow Leaf Sunflower Hybrid (Helianthus salicifolius)

Plant Height

24-36 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone

4-9

Soil Moisture

Low to average water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Attributes

Dried flower, Border, Cut flower or foliage

Bloom Time

Late summer

Critter Resistance

Exposure

Full sun

Growth Rate

Medium

Seasonal Interests