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Surprisingly, blackberry lily (also known as leopard lily due to its spotted flowers) is not a lily at all. After research into its DNA sequencing, this plant was reclassified from Belamcanda chinensis to Iris domestica—despite the fact that its flowers look nothing like those of an iris. Instead, this plant features swordlike foliage combined with fiery-color flowers that resemble lilies.
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1 to 3 feet
From 1 to 2 feet
garden plans for Blackberry lily
Blackberry lily showcases slender bloom stocks loaded with small but showy six-petal blossoms in shades of orange speckled with small red dots. Each individual flower lasts for only a day, but new flowers follow. By late summer, the pear-shape seed pods crack open and pull back to reveal clusters of shiny black seeds that look like blackberries (hence the common name).
Blackberry Lily Care Must-Knows
For the best flower production and overall plant health, the drought-resistant blackberry lily should be planted in full sun and consistently moist, well-drained soil. With its slowly creeping rhizomes that expand the clump, this plant is at a higher risk for rot in soils that remain soggy for extended periods of time.
Overall, blackberry lilies are low-maintenance plants with few pest or disease problems. Do watch out for the iris borer—a caterpillar that can eat enough rhizomes to wipe out a colony of plants. If you see a plant that appears to be declining, check for small entrance holes near its base. Dig up and destroy any plants exhibiting this trait.
The blackberry lily is a relatively short-lived perennial, so leave a few seeds on each year to encourage self-seeding. You can also divide blackberry lily clumps every few years to encourage vigorous new growth.