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Belamcanda chinensis ‘Freckle Face’ Blackberry Lily, Zones 5-9

Also known as the Blackberry Lily, this is a close cousin to the familiar bearded Iris. It forms a low clump of green sword-shaped leaves, above which are carried a profusion of 2” wide cup-shaped bright golden-yellow flowers, speckled with orange. It blooms for weeks in late summer.  The season of interested is extended by attractive seed pods which split open to reveal clusters of black seeds that remember blackberries (hence the common name). The seeds persist through the winter. Seed pods are attractive in fresh and dried flowers arrangements. Attractive to butterflies. Clumps should be divided every 3 to 4 years in the spring. [belamcanda freckle face.jfif]

Sun Exposure:  sun

Soil type: average to fertile

Soil PH:  all

Soil Moisture: dry to average.  Needs good drainage, detests soils that are wet in winter.

Care level: Medium  (clean up old leaves in fall and dispose of them to avoid attacks from Iris borer, and give a heavy mulch in winter, may require staking)

Flower color: golden yellow with speckles of orange, black seeds in pods.

Bloom time: mid to late summer, seed pods retain interest through the winter.

Foliage Color: deep green

Uses and Characteristics: Accent: Good Texture/Form,  Attracts Butterflies,  Border,  Containers,  Cut Flower,  Dried Flower,  Edging, winter interest.  

Flower head size: medium

Height: 30-45 cm (12-18”) (although in rich moist soils can reach heights of up to four feet)

Spread: 45-60 cm (18-23”)

Growth Rate: Medium.Propagation:  By division, in the spring. Plants benefit from division every 3 to 4 years.