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Photo of blackberry lily showing open and spent flowers and developing fruits.

Blackberry Lily

Blackberry lily has leaves like an iris, flowers like an Asian lily, and seeds that look like blackberries! Introduced as an ornamental, this self-seeding member of the iris family occurs on bluffs, roadsides, and old homesites. It blooms July–August.

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Photo of blackberry lily showing open and spent flowers and developing fruits.

Blackberry Lily (Leopard Flower)

Iris domestica (formerly Belamcanda chinensis)
Blackberry lily has leaves like an iris, flowers like an Asian lily, and seeds that look like blackberries! Introduced as an ornamental, this self-seeding member of the iris family occurs on bluffs, roadsides, and old homesites.

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Photo of blackberry lily flowers.

Blackberry Lily Flowers

In blackberry lily, the sepals and petals (together, the tepals) are very similar: spreading, orange, with crimson or brownish spots. You must look closely to see that the 3 petals are slightly shorter than the 3 sepals. Each flower remains open for only a single day. There are 3 stamens (true lilies, in the lily family, usually have 6).

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Photo of blackberry lily fruit stalk showing blackberry-like fruits.

Blackberry Lily Fruit Stalk

The dried fruiting stalks of black berry lily can be used in dried flower arrangements. The stalks reach 3, sometimes 4 feet high. Blackberry lily is a short-lived perennial. It readily self-seeds, however, and naturalized populations can endure for many years.

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Photo of two blackberry lily fruits, one split open, the other not.

Blackberry Lily Fruits

The fruit of blackberry lily is a pear-shaped capsule about an inch long, that splits open and withers, revealing shiny black seeds, looking very much like a blackberry. The seeds remain attached for many weeks.

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Photo of blackberry lily leaves.

Blackberry Lily Leaves

The leaves of blackberry lily grow in broad, flattened fans. Each swordlike leaf is folded tightly lengthwise. They are nearly identical to those of the familiar garden iris and can reach about 15 inches long.

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Blue-Eyed Grass

It has grasslike leaves, but it’s not a grass. In fact, it’s in the same family as the common garden iris! Four species of blue-eyed grass grow in Missouri, and this one, often found on prairies, glades, and pastures, is the most common.

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Blue-Eyed Grass

Sisyrinchium campestre
It has grasslike leaves, but it’s not a grass. In fact, it’s in the same family as the common garden iris! Four species of blue-eyed grass grow in Missouri, and this one, often found on prairies, glades, and pastures, is the most common.

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Photo of a celestial lily, or prairie pleatleaf iris, in bloom.

Celestial Lily (Prairie Iris; Prairie Pleatleaf; Prairie Celestial)

Nemastylis geminiflora
Celestial lily, in the iris family, blooms only in the morning. Its showy, lavender-blue flowers shine like six-pointed stars on glades and prairies in southern Missouri and the eastern Ozarks.

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Photo of a celestial lily, or prairie pleatleaf iris, in bloom.

Celestial Lily (Prairie Pleatleaf Iris)

Celestial lily, in the iris family, blooms only in the morning. Its showy, lavender-blue flowers shine like six-pointed stars on glades and prairies in southern Missouri and the eastern Ozarks.

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