Bright orange star-shaped flowers with red speckles bloom in mid-summer on sword-shaped leaves. After blooming, the plant forms pear-shaped seed pods that open to reveal shiny black seeds in the fall. The pods are good for either winter interest in the garden or dried arrangements.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Mixed border
- Large plant (more than 24 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8,
- Zone 9,
- Zone 10
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Occasional drought
Season of Interest:
- Early winter,
- Mid winter,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall,
- Late fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Blackberry-lily varies in height from two to four feet high depending on the soil. Moist, rich soils will allow the flower stalks to reach full height while dryer soils will keep the plant shorter. The width is about two feet.
Plant in full sun in well drained soil. Blackberry-lily will not tolerate wet roots in the winter.
In zone 5, mulch the plant heavily for the winter.
Careful division should take place in the spring or you can allow the plant to reseed. Blackberry-lily will bloom the second year when grown from seed.
If using the seedheads for dried arrangements, cut the plant before first frost.
Disease, pests, and problems
Iris borer can be a problem. Removing dead leaves around the plant will reduce the amount of infestation.
The plant reseeds heavily in moist soil but unwanted plants are easily removed.
May require staking in fertile, moist soil.
Can be short-lived.
Native geographic location and habitat
Attracts birds or pollinators
Leaves are ten inches tall and sword shaped, similar to those of iris or gladiolus.
The flat, star-shaped flowers are orange and spotted with red.
Fruit is a capsule that splits open to reveal shiny black seeds that resemble a blackberry.