Data specific to Irises (Edit)
Classification: Species
Bloom Color Classification: Orange

General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 24 to 48 inches
Plant Spread: 12 to 24 inches
Leaves: Other: Evergreen in warmer winter climates
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Provides winter interest
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 4 to 6 weeks
Suitable for wintersowing
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Division

Common names
  • Species Iris
  • Blackberry Lily
  • Leopard Lily
  • Iris
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Iris domestica
  • Synonym: Belamcanda flabellata
  • Synonym: Gemmingia chinensis
  • Synonym: Iris chinensis
  • Synonym: Belamcanda chinensis
  • Synonym: Belamcanda punctata

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  • Posted by mjsponies (Central Florida) on Sep 9, 2014 4:31 AM concerning plant:
    I've had this growing in one of my "No man's land" beds for years. Always takes care of itself. It has to; no pampering for that bed. Drops seeds and I occasionally get a seedling, so I would say not invasive at all. I might collect some to sow this year and see whether I can spread it around the garden a little.
  • Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Oct 22, 2011 2:08 PM concerning plant:
    In 2005, based on molecular DNA sequence evidence, Belamcanda chinensis, the sole species in the genus Belamcanda, was transferred to the genus Iris and renamed Iris domestica.
  • Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Jul 24, 2012 8:21 PM concerning plant:
    I had these in my garden in zone 10. They bloomed much of the year there. Lovely, striking blooms! And the fruit makes its own striking statement. They do self-sow freely, but the seedlings are easy to pull up if you don't want them. They are great to give away to others & readily transplant. These wonderful plants have beautiful foliage too. They are drought tolerant & can take full sun & a decent amount of salt air. A good plant for a xeri garden.

    They are quite easy to grow from seed also. I have read all these particulars about growing them from seed but from my personal experiences they don't require any particular planting depth, or cold stratification or to be kept constantly moist or anything special. I planted a bunch of seeds in 2 containers on 4/30/13 @ various depths, from surface sown to 1" deep, they have been at times kept consistently moist & alternately moist to allowed to dry out. These little babies don't care. They actually seem to like some neglect. I have had seeds germinating from 10 days after planting right up until yesterday (9/15/13) & have no doubt that more will yet germinate in days or weeks to come.
  • Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jan 19, 2019 1:23 PM concerning plant:
    We have lots of birds visit our row of 15 ft. lorepetalums so I'm always finding new plants under them from the bird droppings. I found this plant in Fall 2017 & recognized it as 'Blackberry Lily' but the color was to be a surprise. I've found yellow ones & orange ones but this two-tone peach is a delightful change. The plant got 30 inches tall with about 10 flowers in 2018.
  • Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jun 6, 2020 3:45 PM concerning plant:
    Sprays of lily-like summer flowers on branched stems above 1 1/2-foot grasslike leaves. Seedpods open to reveal columns of shiny seeds that resemble blackberries.
    For best results (if planting more than one of these plants), space each one at least 1 foot apart from each other.
    Landscape uses:
    Use blackberry lilies in a perennial border or an island bed, where they will bloom for at least two weeks. The plant's unusual seedpods are attractive in the garden and in arrangements, either fresh or dried.
Plant Events from our members
piksihk On June 20, 2022 Bloomed
pinkish color ones
piksihk On February 7, 2021 Seeds sown
brown round pot
piksihk On August 29, 2019 Miscellaneous Event
Seeds collected
piksihk On June 4, 2019 Bloomed
piksihk On August 1, 2018 Bloomed
orange HW
piksihk On July 4, 2017 Bloomed
piksihk On September 19, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
first seed pod opened-collected seeds
piksihk On July 9, 2016 Bloomed
First blooms ever from seeds
piksihk On October 1, 2014 Seeds germinated
3 seedlings
piksihk On September 1, 2014 Seeds sown
flaflwrgrl On June 26, 2014 Bloomed
First bloom of the year today.
dave On July 24, 2014 Bloomed
MissMew On August 3, 2017 Transplanted
Moved one from Back south west
MissMew On July 22, 2017 Obtained plant
Suzanne Vandermeer
MissMew On July 17, 2017 Obtained plant
MrsBinWY On June 14, 2020 Transplanted
11 in scallop bed on north side of garage; groups of 3, 3, 3 & 2
MrsBinWY On February 7, 2020 Seeds germinated
2; 12 total
MrsBinWY On January 3, 2020 Seeds sown
16 seeds from 2013G (stored in fridge) in milk jug @ warm room temp; moved to cool room temp 1-23-20
antsinmypants On September 22, 2022 Bloomed
antsinmypants On May 23, 2021 Plant emerged
antsinmypants On April 27, 2021 Seeds sown
Plug flat two row 17
dnrevel On June 20, 2021 Transplanted
Planting in front yard gardens. Note: it is a fairly short-lived perennial. It's rhizomes spread to and it self-seeds, to create a plant colony. Needs full sun and well drained soil.
dnrevel On June 4, 2021 Obtained plant
New plant received from neighbor in exchange for tomatoes. Small seedlings in jug.
WebTucker On September 1, 2022 Bloomed
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