This "lily" is actually a member of the iris family! "Iris" honors the Greek goddess of the rainbow, and these flowers add a perfect pop of color! Crimson-red spots cover the mostly orange petals, and fanned-out leaves and tall, clean stems make them ideal cut flowers. The seedheads split to reveal the namesake blackberry-like seedheads that also look lovely in in autumnal arrangements. Blackberry lilies are tough, drought-tolerant, and attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. Perennial in USDA zones 5 to 10.
Botanical Name: Iris domestica
Native: Russia, China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 5 to 10
Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall, and 12"–24" wide
Variety Information: 2'', 6-petalled flowers are vibrant orange with red dots, merging into stripes closer to the petal tips.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Summer
Attributes: Cut Flower
When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date or in fall for spring germination.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date. The ideal soil temperature for germination is 65°–85°F.
Days to Emerge: 14–60 days
Seed Depth: Barely cover
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds 6"–8"
Thinning: When plants are 2" tall, thin to one every 6"–8"
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