Common Name: blackberry lily
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Native Range: Himalayas to Russia Far East
Zone: 5 to 10
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 0.75 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to August
Bloom Description: Orange dotted with red
Sun: Full sun
Flower: Showy, Good Dried
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Likes moist soils, but poorly-drained ones, particularly in winter, can be fatal. Clumps slowly expand by creeping rhizomes. May self-seed in optimum growing conditions which helps keep these somewhat short-lived perennials in the garden.
Iris domestica, commonly called blackberry lily or leopard lily, is an erect, rhizomatous perennial which typically grows 2-3' tall. Lily-like, deep orange flowers (to 2" across), heavily spotted with red dots, have 6 petal-like perianth segments. Flowers appear in early to-mid summer in sprays above the foliage on wiry, naked stems typically rising to 3' (less frequently to 4') tall. Sword-shaped, iris-like, medium green leaves (to 10" long) are in flattened fans. Flowers give way to pear-shaped seed pods which split open when ripe (late summer), with each pod revealing a blackberry-like seed cluster, hence the common name of blackberry lily. Spotting on the flowers gives rise to the additional common name of leopard lily. Formerly known as Belamcanda chinensis.
Genus named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow.
Specific epithet means frequently used as a house plant or domesticated.
No serious insect or disease problems. Iris borers may attack plant rhizomes.