These little twisted buds will soon open to reveal the sweet flowers of Blackberry Lily. I've heard Belamcanda chinensis called by many different common names. Blackberry Lily , Candy Lily and Leopard Lily all describe various cultivars of this great all-season plant.
I can see the reasoning behind the name, Candy Lily, in my own flowers. They are just a sweet, candy colored blend of pink, yellow and orange. The sword shaped leaves stand three feet tall with the bloom spikes rising above them.
There are some of these lilies which have red-brown spots on the petals. The name, Leopard Lily aptly fits those. My lilies, though, have no spots.
The name, Blackberry Lily, comes from the berries that form after the blooms are spent. The flowers are produced all summer long then the "blackberries" give fall/winter interest. I left many of the seeds on the plant because of their beauty and in hopes for seedlings to pop up this spring.
I started with three plants last spring and this spring I have about nine. They spread from underground as well as from seed so I'm hoping that this little grouping will multiply freely in time to come. There are many spots within my garden that could benefit from the mostly evergreen foliage and cute little flowers and berries held high above.