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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    5 5 6 6b 7 7b 8 8b 9 9b 10 10b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 5 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b 10a 10b

    Blackberry lilies are named for their glossy black seeds which look nearly identical to an actual blackberry. They have beautiful orange flowers with darker spots on long graceful stems above strappy green foliage.


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    Latin Name

    Iris domestica



    Also Known As

    Leopard Lily

    Type of Plant

    Perennials Perennials

    Bloom Season

    July - August


    Summer Summer
    Fall Fall


    Max height Max Height: 3'
    Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Drought

  • Toxicity

    Do not ingest Do not ingest


    Native Range

    Central Asia, India, China, Japan


    Lady Jean Skipwith planted these in her Virginia garden in 1793.

    Other Details

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    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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