Iris domestica (L.) Goldblatt & Mabb.

Blackberry Lily, Leopard Flower

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Iris

Category: Perennial

Zones: 4 to 10

Size: 2 to 3' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun


Flowers can be red, orange or yellow. Blooms early to mid summer. Divide every 3 to 4 years in the spring. Close cousin to the Bearded Iris. Cut flowers last a long time. Well-drained soil. Rabbit resistant.



Native to far east Russia, China, Japan, Korea, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Philippines.

First published in Novon 15(1): 129 in 2005.

Basionym is Epidendrum domesticum L.

Previously named Belamcanda chinensis (L.) DC.


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