Leopard Flower (Belamcanda chinensis), packet of 20 seeds, organic
Family: Iris (Iridaceae)
Hardy to Zones 4 to 10
(She-gan) Clump-forming herbaceous perennial monocot with fan-shaped leaves giving rise to upright stalks that bear multiple exotic waxy golden orange flowers. The flowers are birthed in the morning and live for one day only, drying up into twisty strands that eventually give way to the weighty pods. When the pods mature, they split open to reveal the seeds that resemble a blackberry but do not taste like a blackberry. The plant continues to flower for quite a few weeks during the summer, and it puts on quite a show–a lot like daylilies but not daylilies. The roots are bright gold in color. Traditional usage (TCM): upper respiratory infection. Sow the seed in the early spring directly in cool soils in the garden, or give 30 days cold/moist refrigeration and then sow in pots or flats in the greenhouse. Germination can take up to 6 weeks. The seedlings are delightful tiny iris, and they are really cute. Plant prefers moist soil and full sun to part shade. Space 1 to 2 feet apart.
20 seeds/pkt. Certified Organically Grown.