Gardening

Belamcanta chinensis, a flower of short duration but great beauty

Belamcanta chinensis also known as Belamcanda, Domestic Iris, Leopard Lily or Blackberry . It is a species from China, Japan and the Himalayas, which belongs to the Iridaceae family.

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Belamcanta chinensis characteristics

Rhizomatous, perennial and herbaceous plant , with stems that can measure up to one meter in length. The leaves are long with sharp edges and fan-shaped, as they are decorative in themselves. The inflorescences are yellow, orange or red with spots, hence its denomination of Leopard lily. It is hermaphrodite and has 3 stamens. The seed is very similar to blackberries, black in color and can be seen once the flower petals have fallen. It blooms in July and August and, although the flowers are short-lived (one day), they are numerous.

Belamcanta chinensis care

It is considered an ornamental plant that, when combined with low flowers and other contrasting tones, can be excellent.

It is a species that requires to be located in semi-shade or in full sun. When there is frost, it must be protected, as it can suffer serious damage.

The Belamcanda needs sandy, fertile and well-drained soils, but it is not able to withstand flooding. Clay soils or any that retain water should be avoided, because it can cause root problems. The pH must be acidic, neutral or alkaline.

The ideal substrate is a mixture of 2 parts clay, 2 parts peat, and one part perlite or sand.

The compost should be once the growth has taken place.

Watering should be moderate, but in the winter it should be drastically minimized.

It reproduces by dividing rhizomes and also by seeds during April to June.

It is a plant that resists diseases and pests very well. However, when the humidity is very high, it is most likely that it may have the presence of fungus.

If its seeds are consumed because they are very similar to blackberries, they can cause some toxicity. So you have to be very careful.

Although little is known about it and it takes certain care, perhaps it can give that unique touch that you are looking for in your garden. So if you have the opportunity to acquire it, do not hesitate and admire the beauty of its flowers. Do you like it? Have you seen it? Tell us about your experience.

Image courtesy of: Raphael Silveira , Cultivar413

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