Species Iris (Iris domestica) in the Irises Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Iris domestica Accepted
Belamcanda flabellata Synonym
Belamcanda punctata Synonym
Gemmingia chinensis Synonym
Belamcanda chinensis Synonym
Iris chinensis Synonym

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
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
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 Color: Orange
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Provides winter interest
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Tolerates dry shade
Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 4 to 6 weeks
Days to germinate: 10 days to several months
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Oct 22, 2011 2:08 PM

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.

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Posted by mjsponies (Central Florida) on Sep 9, 2014 4:31 AM

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.

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Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Jul 24, 2012 8:21 PM

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.

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jan 19, 2019 1:23 PM

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.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Stunning! by fiwit Mar 7, 2012 10:08 AM 2
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Starting Iris seeds.... by evelyninthegarden Dec 29, 2018 9:37 AM 235
Is this the correct name for this Lily? by gardenglassgems Aug 8, 2018 8:55 AM 2
Blackberry Lily has crimped leaves by flukybloom May 15, 2018 4:19 PM 10
What is this and who wants it? by tx_flower_child Apr 13, 2018 12:42 PM 6
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What is this plant? by Betja Aug 7, 2017 3:03 PM 4
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Some kind of lily, maybe? by Barbalee Nov 12, 2016 9:41 AM 11
What Permanent Labeling Is Best For Irises? by TBGDN Mar 3, 2018 11:19 PM 116

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