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common name: Blackberry Lily, Leopard Lily, Chinese Tiger Lily
synonyms: Belamcanda chinensis, Belamcanda punctata, Gemmingia chinensis, Morea chinensis, Pardanthus chinensis
poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 6 to 10
Rhizomatous perennial forming slow-spreading clumps of iris-like sword-shaped leaves held in flattened fans. Striking star-shaped, red-spotted, orange flowers, about 5cm across, carried on thin wiry stems in late summer. Green fruiting capsules follow, which split to reveal clusters of shiny black seeds.
Well drained soil in full sun or light part shade. Dislikes poorly drained conditions and excessive winter wet.
Often rather short-lived but sometimes self-seeds.
From seed or by division of rhizomes
Sunny borders, gravel gardens.
Has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, mainly using the roots, for the treatment of throat infections, coughs and liver ailments.
Native to Central Asia, China and Japan
The berry-like seeds are slightly toxic.
Better known as Belamcanda chinensis, this species was renamed to Iris domestica in 2005.