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.