Belamcanda chinensis 'Freckle Face'
Common Name: Blackberry Lily, Leopard Flower
Zones 4 to 10.
Plants reach 18 to 24 inches tall and 8 to 12 inches wide;
Growth rate: Moderate, slowly spreads by creeping rhizomes.
'Freckle Face' produces a profusion of two inch wide, brilliant orange blossoms with heavy red specking and shading on each of the six overlapping petals. They emerge atop mid-sized plants with green, sword-shaped foliage like that of a tall bearded iris. Resistant to leaf spot.
Belamcanda blooms for weeks in late summer, and its season of interest is extended into fall with the interesting seed pods which develop. Tan, pear-shaped pods burst open to reveal clusters of black seeds resembling blackberries, hence the common name. Through the winter they are attractive in fresh or dried flower arrangements.
Blackberry lilies are easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils; poorly-drained soil, particularly in winter, could be fatal. Plant height varies depending on the soil conditions. A heavy layer of mulch is suggested for northern winters. For best results, divide in early spring. Plants may self-seed in optimum growing conditions which helps keep these somewhat short-lived perennials in the garden.
Excellent as a border plant, cut flower or foliage, dried flower or seed heads.
Mature field grown plant shipped bare root.