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Belamcanda chinensis 'Freckle Face', also known as Leopard Lily or Blackberry Lily, is a stunning herbaceous perennial that is native to China, Japan, and Korea. This cultivar is highly prized for its unique and striking blooms, which are dotted with orange-red freckles and spots, giving it its common name.
The plant grows up to 2 to 3 feet tall, and features narrow, sword-shaped leaves that are green and somewhat upright in habit. In mid to late summer, the plant produces spikes of orange flowers, which are about 2 inches wide and have six petals. The distinctive freckles on the petals are its main attraction. After the flowers have finished blooming, the plant develops clusters of blackberry-like seed pods, which add interest and texture to the garden.
Belamcanda chinensis 'Freckle Face' is an easy-to-grow plant that prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It is drought-tolerant and deer-resistant, making it a great choice for gardens in hot and dry regions. This plant is also suitable for containers, rock gardens, and mass plantings.
In addition to its ornamental value, Belamcanda chinensis 'Freckle Face' has a long history of medicinal use in traditional Chinese medicine. The rhizome of this plant has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including sore throat, coughs, and digestive disorders.
Overall, Belamcanda chinensis 'Freckle Face' is a stunning and easy-to-grow plant that provides interest, texture, and color to any garden. With its unique blooms and drought-tolerant nature, it is a great choice for gardeners who want to add some exotic flair to their landscape.
Bloom Time August-September