Belamcanda chinensis

Common Name: Blackberry Lily, Leopard Flower

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 persistant thru the winter and are attractive in fresh or dried flower arrangements.