Two species of Belamcanda
are native to Asia. The blackberry lily is the
only one common in cultivation. Its iris-like foliage is about twelve to
twenty-four inches tall with the flower spike rising above the foliage. Yellow
to orange flowers are produced in summer. Summer flowers are followed by a dry
cluster of black fruits that resemble the fruit of the blackberry. The plant is
deciduous in winter.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: well-drained soil, tolerates drought
Soil: average garden soil
Blackberry lily is an easy plant for north Florida gardens. Plants are uncommon in local nurseries but it is available from seed catalogs and grows quickly from seed. For best results, give this plant a sunny location with a well-drained soil.