Re: OT-PLANTS: blackberry Lily-lilly or iris??
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- Subject: Re: OT-PLANTS: blackberry Lily-lilly or iris??
- From: "J. Griffin Crump" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 18:48:31 -0600 (MDT)
J. Michael, Celia or Ben Storey wrote:
> >One question, One thought. Question first:had the question put to me on
> >private line, Is the plant called "blackberry lily" a lily or an iris?
> Belamcanda chinensis, the blackberry lily, is an irid, a member of the
> Iridacea family though not of the genus Iris. Native to China and Japan, it
> thrives in sandy loam and full sun. The rootstock is rhizomatous, and the
> leaves are, as you describe, iris-like. The seed capsule's valves reflex as
> the pod matures, exposing a column of glossy black seeds resembling a
> Read this in a book. Must be true. I've tried growing the little devil from
> seeds but have had, so far, no luck at all.
All that Celia says is true. I've raised it from seed. It proliferates
wonderfully and is pretty, but the flower/stalk/bloom duration ratio
isn't worth it to me for the space it takes up (does well in
semi-shade). Dug it all and chucked it.
Griff Crump, along the tidal Potomac near Mount Vernon, VA