Saturday, August 13, 2011

TODAY'S FLOWERS # 156


A few weeks ago when we were at Meadowlark Gardens, I was captivated by this gorgeous flower.

It is the Blackerry Lily (also called the Leopard Lily) - Belamcanda chinensis - and derives its name from the shiny black seeds that you can see when the seed pod is split open. Even though it is called a lily it is actually in the Iris family.

Blackberry Lilies are native to China and Japan, and fan-shaped leaves will grow two to three feet.

When the flowers dry they twist into corkscrew like spirals that fall as the seed pod develops.

They need a soil mixture consisting of two parts peat moss to two parts loam to one part sand or perlite.

Let the soil dry out between waterings and fertilize monthly during the growing season. In the winter water sparingly.

If grown outside plant rhizomes or seeds one inch deep in a well-drained soil. (Rhizomes are a continuously growing underground stem that puts out lateral shoots and adventitious roots at intervals).

TODAY’S FLOWER’S was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli Jr.

30 comments:

Jan said...

Denise, I love this flower, it's new to me, I hope I can find one around here.

The Elephant's Child said...

That is just gorgeous. As so many of the iris species are. Also lilies which are one of my passions. Thank you.

The Elephant's Child said...

PS. I just clicked on the link to follow up on other beauties and it says that it is only open to invited members. Is that right?

Sharon said...

This is different, but pretty! Love the color!

Linda Reeder said...

well, isn't that a cutie!

Carletta said...

Lovely Denise!
Those little corkscrews are very unique.

I couldn't access the site either. :(

Beyond My Garden said...

I do love this flower. It is native in parts of WV. now a regular in my garden. Here is my post on the same flower but you have more and different captures. Yours must be more mature to have so many twisty ones altogether. I just love seeing other blogger's viewpoints on the same subject. We all see a bit differently.
nellie
http://beyondmygarden.blogspot.com/2011/07/blackberry-lily-belamcanda-chinensi-s.html
and this one
http://beyondmygarden.blogspot.com/2010/08/afternoon-in-august.html

Luna Miranda said...

it's a beautiful lily---i thought it's an orchid. fabulous shots!

P.S. couldn't access he site, either.
It shows this: "This blog is open to invited readers only"

kavita said...

Beautiful ! We have tiger lily here and it looks very similar to it ...i think they are sisters.

Debbie said...

pretty, kind of unusual flower. i love yellow and orange together!!

Valerie said...

Lovely flower. The seed pods would keep me busy for a while.

Craig said...

It's very beautiful - looks rather like an orchid.

Janet said...

I thought it was an orchid for a moment - it`s very pretty-I can see how it gets its name !

Don't unplug your hub said...

I thought it was an orchid too. It is very beautiful. Haven't seen one before. Nature, isn't it great.

jabblog said...

What an unusual and interesting plant. It's very pretty.

eileeninmd said...

What a pretty flower, Denise. It is a new one for me too. I love the color. Beautiful photos.

Jama said...

We choose the same flower for this week! They are commonly grown here and they bloom all year long due to our tropical heat.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks Denise rfor the info on this small and colorful flower. Our neighbor used to have these in her flower gardens, but there are none left now.

Carver said...

The blackberry lily is so unusual and beautiful. Great information about it and I love the shots you took.

Nayana said...

wow..this flower is new to me..and I love first shot..beautiful..

Francisca said...

Oh, the name leopard lily suits it better! And I can see why you were captivated, Denise... it's lovely!

Pat's Addition said...

Loverly! Gotta run and bake a pie.

Lyn said...

wow what a beautiful flower looks almost orchid like. great photos of it.
xxx

imac said...

What wonder you show us today Denise.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Those lilies are lovely Denise. Haven't seen any like those around here.

Arija said...

What a wonderful place the world is! I have not come across these plants before and am very grateful for the Introduction.Thank God there is so much left to learn . .

Happy days to you my dear . . . Arija

chubskulit said...

Such beautiful bloom!

My share of flower, have a great week ahead!

MarieElizabeth said...

Those are some fun flowers! Wonderful photos and I like the info lesson too.

Denise said...

Thank you for all the lovely comments everyone.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

The spotted petals are beautiful, but it's the corkscrew shape they take that I find most intriguing. I wonder if that shape helps to bury the seeds into the soil when they fall?