Blackberry Lily

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-'''Common Name:''' Blackberry Lily<ref>This article is based on Peggy Cornett, CHP Information Sheet.</ref>+'''Common Name:''' Blackberry Lily<ref>This article is based on a Center for Historic Plant Information Sheet.</ref>
-'''Scientific Name:''' ''Belamcanda chinesis''+'''Scientific Name:''' ''Belamcanda chinensis''
-'''Description:''' Hardy, herbaceous summer-flowering perennial; Robust plant with red-spotted orange flowers on stalks, followed by unusual seed heads that resemble blackberries, but the seeds are not edible+This Asian perennial, which [[Thomas Jefferson]] called "Chinese Ixia," is actually a member of the Iris family. Jefferson first received seed from nurseryman [[Bernard McMahon]] in 1807, during his second term as President of the United States.<ref>[[Short Title List|Betts, ''Garden Book'']], 337. See also Edwin M. Betts, Hazlehurst Bolton Perkins, and Peter J. Hatch, [http://tjportal.monticello.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=3074 ''Thomas Jefferson's Flower Garden at Monticello''], 3rd ed. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1986), 54.
 +</ref> These were sown in an East Front [[Oval Flower Beds|oval flowerbed]] at Monticello.<ref>Betts, 335.</ref> Today the blackberry lilies that are found naturalized throughout Monticello are believed to be descendants of Jefferson’s original plantings.
-'''Size:''' Grows 2 to 3 feet tall and spreads slowly+The Blackberry Lily is a hardy, herbaceous summer-flowering perennial with red-spotted orange flowers on stalks, followed by unusual seed heads that resemble blackberries, but the seeds are not edible.
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-'''Cultural Information:''' Prefers full sun or light shade and well-drained, moderately rich garden loam+
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-'''USDA Zones:''' 5 through 9+
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-'''Historical Notes:''' This Asian perennial, which [[Thomas Jefferson]] called "Chinese Ixia," is actually a member of the Iris family. Jefferson first received seed from nurseryman [[Bernard McMahon]] in 1807, during his second term as President of the United States.<ref>[[Short Title List|Betts, ''Garden Book'']], 337.</ref> These were sown in an East Front [[Oval Flower Beds|oval flowerbed]] at Monticello.<ref>Ibid, 335.</ref> Today the blackberry lilies that are found naturalized throughout Monticello are believed to be descendants of Jefferson’s original plantings and our plants are propagated from seed collected at Monticello.+
==Footnotes== ==Footnotes==
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==Further Sources== ==Further Sources==
 +*Leighton, Ann. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2331377 ''American Gardens in the Eighteenth Century.''] Amherst: The University of Massachusetts Press, 1986
*Seeds available for purchase at [http://monticellostore.stores.yahoo.net/631064.html.html Monticello Museum Shop] *Seeds available for purchase at [http://monticellostore.stores.yahoo.net/631064.html.html Monticello Museum Shop]
*[http://www.monticello.org/chp/index.html Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants] *[http://www.monticello.org/chp/index.html Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants]
[[Category:Perennials|Lily, Blackberry]] [[Category:Perennials|Lily, Blackberry]]
 +[[Category:Jefferson-Documented Plants]]

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Blackberry Lily
Blackberry Lily

Common Name: Blackberry Lily[1]

Scientific Name: Belamcanda chinensis

This Asian perennial, which Thomas Jefferson called "Chinese Ixia," is actually a member of the Iris family. Jefferson first received seed from nurseryman Bernard McMahon in 1807, during his second term as President of the United States.[2] These were sown in an East Front oval flowerbed at Monticello.[3] Today the blackberry lilies that are found naturalized throughout Monticello are believed to be descendants of Jefferson’s original plantings.

The Blackberry Lily is a hardy, herbaceous summer-flowering perennial with red-spotted orange flowers on stalks, followed by unusual seed heads that resemble blackberries, but the seeds are not edible.

Footnotes

  1. This article is based on a Center for Historic Plant Information Sheet.
  2. Betts, Garden Book, 337. See also Edwin M. Betts, Hazlehurst Bolton Perkins, and Peter J. Hatch, Thomas Jefferson's Flower Garden at Monticello, 3rd ed. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1986), 54.
  3. Betts, 335.

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