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Dwarf Tiger Lily Iris domestica

Previously known as:

  • Belamcanda chinensis
Description

Iris domestica is a sculptural iris. While it is an iris (and its leaves resemble an iris), its flowers resemble lilies. This plant may be confused with the dotted tiger lily (Lilium lancifolium), since Iris domestica's flowers are orange with red dots. This plant spreads with its rhizomes. While it enjoys moist soils, the soil must be well-drained even in winter because if the soil is not well-drained, the plant could die.  It likes full sunlight to PM only sunlight. It needs have to be planted 3-4 in. apart (6-9 per sq. ft.) with a depth of  5 in. to base of the rhizome. This plant can be used in beds and sunny borders of trees and shrubs as well in flower gardens, as a cultivated herbaceous perennial.

Meaning behind the name: The Greek god of the rainbow, Iris, is the reference behind the genus Iris; while domestica is a bit more obvious, meaning the plant is domesticated or used inside a house. The common names are also quite clear in meaning: since the flowers have spots, some people call this plant leopard lily or since the seed pods look like blackberries, some people call this plant blackberry lily.

Insect Pests, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: While Iris domestica does not usually have insect or disease issues, the rhizomes could be affected by Iris borers.

More information on Iris.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#red#sun#full sun#houseplant#summer#drought tolerant#orange#red flowers#cut flowers#spotted#orange flowers#low maintenance#orange flower#summer flowers#herbaceous perennial#house plant#borders#fan shaped
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#red#sun#full sun#houseplant#summer#drought tolerant#orange#red flowers#cut flowers#spotted#orange flowers#low maintenance#orange flower#summer flowers#herbaceous perennial#house plant#borders#fan shaped
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Iris
    Species:
    domestica
    Family:
    Iridaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Himalayas to Russian Far East
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 9 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    Ripening in late summer, seeds pods resemble blackberries and the pod is shaped like a pear.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Orange/red flowers bloom at the top of the stems in summer (June to August). The flowers (about 2 inches in diameter) are mainly orange but have red dots and a tint of yellow at the center of the flower.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are similar to iris leaves being long (about 10 inches tall), flat but erect, and green.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    wire-like
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Diseases
    Drought
    Insect Pests