Blackberry Lily (Belamcanda chinensis)

A couple years ago I was given a blackberry lily (Belamcanda chinensis) to add to my garden.  I planted it when it was covered with seeds and let it go to grow as it could as I do with so many plants. I forgot about it but apparently several seeds landed in different location near our front porch entry area and surprised us with its flowers this year.

Blackberry Lily with ‘Powis Castle’ artemisia and potato vines

Blackberry lily is a member of the iris family and resembles irises with its foliage.  The color and texture of the leaves is very similar but the formation of the leaves differs.


The flowers are about 1 and a half inches in diameter and are colored bright orange with specks of darker orange to red colors.  The flowers eventually produce a seed that resembles a blackberry hence the name.  It readily grows from seed and it is extremely easy to cultivate!


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Dave has written since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.


  1. I started one from seed two years ago and it hasn't flowered yet…sigh

  2. Not sure if my comment went thru so I'll try again. Beautiful!

  3. Wow! Pretty blooms indeed. On my list!

  4. Those are really nice. What a great little flower to have pop up!

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