Often called the Leopard Lily for its spotted flowers, this plant is also called the Blackberry Lily for its seed clusters. This plant only blooms for a few weeks during the summer and is often confused with other Iris plants.
Discovered in Japan, China, and Eastern Russia, the Iris domestica has traveled around the world. Its identification is easy by looking for spotted flowers ranging from orange to yellow, with six perfectly even leaves. The stem itself will grow to 18 inches (45 cm) and sprout many flowers but will only bloom shortly before going to seed.
Once the seed capsules open to reveal the clusters of seeds resembling blackberries, the plant will go into hibernation. Dried Leopard Lily seeds are wonderful additions to flower arrangements.