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Blackberry Lily

It was the blackberry part of this plant’s name that first caught my attention. I could not imagine a lily with thorns! I was happy to discover that the plant gets its name from the blackberry-like cluster of seeds that appear after the flower fades, which I think are as attractive as the flowers themselves.

With some imagination I suppose the flowers look a bit like lilies, but the irony is that this plant is actually in the iris family. However, blackberry iris doesn’t quite have the same ring.

One word of caution for gardeners with pets and small children, the seeds are poisonous.

Blackberry Lily
Belamcanda chinensis
perennial, sun garden favorite
Bloom Time
late summer
Full Sun
well drained soil
Plant Height
24 to 36 inches