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Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica)

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Ships April to May 2024
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Ships April to May 2024
Ornamental Perennials


Hardy, herbaceous summer-flowering perennial
Description:  Robust plant with iris-like foliage and red-spotted orange flowers on tall stalks, followed by unusual seed heads that resemble blackberries, but the seeds are not edible
Habit:  Grows 2-5' tall and 2' wide; spreads slowly
Culture:  Prefers full sun or light shade and well-drained, moderately rich garden loam; tolerates dry conditions
Hardiness:  Cold hardy to USDA Zone 5
Origin:  Asia
Attributes:  Showy fruit, Drought tolerant, Deer resistant
Jefferson documented

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.  These were sown in an East Front oval flowerbed at Monticello.  Today the blackberry lilies that are found naturalized around Monticello are believed to be descendants of Jefferson's original plantings.  Our Blackberry Lily plants are propagated from seed collected at Monticello.

Blackberry Lily (Iris domestica) arrives in a 2.5" pot.

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