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botanical name:
Iris domestica
Iris domestica © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Blackberry Lily, Leopard Lily, Chinese Tiger Lily
synonyms:  Belamcanda chinensis, Belamcanda punctata, Gemmingia chinensis, Morea chinensis, Pardanthus chinensis
family:  Iridaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.90m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: orange
fruit colour: black
stem/bark: green
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 6 to 10
description:
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.

cultivation:
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.

propagation:
From seed or by division of rhizomes



usage:
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.

other notes:
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.
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