Irises forum: What is this and who wants it?

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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Apr 8, 2018 9:13 PM CST
I was at a seed swap trying to give away seeds. When I got home I found that someone slipped me a small packet of seeds. I looked in the Iris database and found more than 1 iris that has the name as a synonym. This is what I think it is Species Iris (Iris domestica)

Here's how someone labeled the packet.

Common Name: Blackberry Lily
Scientific Name: Iris Domestica
Location of Harvest: Dallas, TX
Year: 2017
Notes: Drought tolerant; Full sun to part shade;
24-30" tall, 16-20" wide [?seems wide for 1 flower?];
Blooms early to mid-summer;
Iris-like leaves topped by orange flowers with red spots
Difficulty of seed to save: Easy — will self-seed.

Shaking the packet sounds like there's a decent number of seeds in it. I don't really want to open it to count but will if someone insists.

I have absolutely no use for these seeds. Would anyone here like to have them?
[Last edited by tx_flower_child - Apr 8, 2018 9:16 PM (+)]
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Apr 9, 2018 3:01 AM CST
I grow Blackberry Lily, TX, they are a fun plant. They are hardy, non-invasive, leaves like irises and bloom more like a lily. I have the orange one with red polka-dots. I hope you find a home for the seeds. They do self seed but they are not like a weed. Smiling
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Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Apr 9, 2018 7:16 AM CST
I agree with Bonnie. I have some too. They are a fun plant, and great for sharing.
Name: Ian McBeth
Lincoln NE (Zone 5b)
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SonoveShakespeare
Apr 10, 2018 6:53 AM CST
Yes indeed, I agree with both of you, their leaves do look like irises and their blooms look like lilies. I have a few of these at my house growing wildly in my dog's yard. I still don't know what to do with them yet. I don't think I need any more.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Apr 12, 2018 8:42 AM CST
They aren't invasive but are PROLIFFIC seed producers! I have several in my gardens, nice because they flower late summer right up until killed back by frost here. Once you have even a single established clump you,have no need for seeds from any other source unless you're trying to get a different color ( various orange/yellow mixes). I'm trying to get candy lily established here, similar but with several different colored flowers, they're a bit less cold tolerant so it's been a struggle.
Hope you find a home for the seeds, blackberry lily is very worthwhile to grow!
LizB
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Apr 12, 2018 12:58 PM CST
Yes, found a home. Mailing them today.
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Apr 13, 2018 12:42 PM CST
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