Blackberry lily (Belamcanda chinensis)

Blackberry lilyThe bright orange — spotted with red — flowers of Blackberry lily (Belamcanda chinensis) catch the eye on a summer day.  This native of central Asia, India, China and Japan has naturalized in the eastern and central regions of the United States.

The small flower, about one and a half inches across, blooms for one day.

Blackberry lilyThe flower closes up, its tepals twist into a spiral shape, and the ovary becomes the seed capsule.

Blackberry lilyHere’s a group of Blackberry lily plants.  This group continues flowering even as it develops seeds in the capsules.

Blackberry lilyWhen mature, the seed capsule opens to reveal the shiny black seeds.

Blackberry lilyMost of these seeds remain on the plant throughout the fall and winter.  When spring arrives. the seeds drop to the ground.

Blackberry lily

To learn more about Blackberry lily during various seasons of the year, to see close-up views of its reproductive parts, and to learn about its two methods of reproduction, watch this video:

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(Here’s the same video as posted on YouTube.)

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