The Last Lilies

Most of the Asiatics have long finished their show.

The daylilies are slowing down.

Crimson Shadows daylily

The Stargazers are turning brown.

But it is not over yet!

The blackberry lilies are going strong.

I started out with a spotted orange type.

Then added a spotted magenta

and a yellow non-spotted candy lily.

These are all Belamcandas.

Other names are blackberry lilies, or leopard flowers.

The name leopard refers to the spots on the petals.

The name blackberry refers to the seed pods which open to expose clusters of black seeds that resemble blackberries.

One of the fascinating things about these is they cross pollinate to produce hybrids.

My two favorites this years are this water-marked form

and this red-orange mix.

I love surprises!  I never know what will show up until the flowers open.

I appreciate any flower that keeps going in this heat.

While the FLOWER wilts, the blackberry lilies bloom.


3 thoughts on “The Last Lilies

  1. Very Nice! I like to see the mix of colors the hybrids, especially that water-marked or feathered one. I started with one of the plain yellow clones a few years ago. Then, I decided I wanted an orange one. The one I bought was mislabeled; it turned out to be another yellow. I now have some seedlings from a plant I found growing feral in a power line cut. I didn’t see the flowers but am hoping it will turn out to be orange, as that is the wild type color.

    I recently learned that Belamcanda chinensis was reclassified based on its DNA sequence showing that it is actually a species of iris. It is now Iris domestica, but I still like the name blackberry lily.

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