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Thursday, July 7, 2011
Some Have Spots and Some Don't
There are a few perennials in the garden that cause me to wonder how my garden lived so long without them.
Belamcanda chinensis is one of those just-plain-fun plants that was passed along to me by a neighbor initially. Soon after, two other gardening friends increased my supply of these plants with divisions from their gardens. And I am forever grateful to all three friends!
Leopard lily is one of the common names associated with the variety that sports dark spots on its petals. They remind me of freckles. Cute, sun-kissed spots in summertime.
The ones without spots are equally appreciated. They have all the same characteristics except for the deep coral color and the silky smooth petals absent of any freckles.
Candy lily is also a common name for these lily-like flowers that are in actuality a member of the Iris family. I'm not positive about this but I think spotless varieties are considered Candy lily. Does anyone know for certain?
Its foliage reaches a full four feet tall in my garden towering over caladiums and agapanthus foliage. In winter it will shrink back a bit but never fully disappears. In spring it perks up quickly, multiplies, and tolerates dry spells. In summer it blooms continually.
The clusters of flowers seem to dance in thin air above the distinctly fanned out foliage. Mine are planted in partial sun with a second patch in very filtered light.
Opening mid-morning and lasting for only the length of a day, each flower twists its way into this unique formation as it fades. I adore every beautiful phase of this fun, summer perennial.
Perhaps the most common name associated with this great plant is Blackberry Lily. In Autumn, seed pods burst open to reveal glossy black seeds that resemble blackberries.
Surprisingly, you don't find these plants in Florida garden centers. They are propogated by division of rhizomes and by seed. Finding a passalong is your best opportunity for obtaining this summer perennial beauty for your Florida garden.