The Q&A Archives: Candy Lily

Question: I checked your FAQ and came up with 1 question about "Candy Lily ". Your reply discouraged me! I was seeking seeds of the Candy Lily! Years ago I bought and planted these seeds I bought from Burpee, and I have only 2 plants left, so I wanted to order more, but they are not included in your catalogues. Thought I would check here. I remember the description in the catalogue at the time said these plants were a cross between "Blackberry Lily and - I forget what else! They are such nice plants, I hope you can help me!

Answer: Candy Lilies (X Pardancanda norrisii) are a cross between Pardanthopsis dichotomus and Belamcanda chinensis. The Belamcanda chinensis (also called Pardanthus chinensis) is the Blackberry Lily. Under controlled conditions, the seeds of both plants germinate very slowly at 68 degrees, sometimes over a period of months.

However, I grow both in my garden, and over the years noticed that if I neglect to dead head the plants they set seed and self sow nicely. I allow the stalks to fall over naturally and spill the seeds on top of the rotted down mulch. During the following year I find little seedlings to transplant wherever I want them. Maybe this will work for you, too. Alternatively, the plants are in the iris family and can also be propagated by division.

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