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:

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

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

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  3. 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?

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  4. This is different, but pretty! Love the color!

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  5. Lovely Denise!
    Those little corkscrews are very unique.

    I couldn't access the site either. :(

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  6. 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

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  7. 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"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  17. 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.

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

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

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

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

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  22. What wonder you show us today Denise.

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

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  24. 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

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  25. Such beautiful bloom!

    My share of flower, have a great week ahead!

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

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  27. Thank you for all the lovely comments everyone.

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  28. 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?

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