Monday, August 24, 2009

Candy Lilies' Smiling Faces - Pardancanda norrisii

Pardancanda norrisii, Candy Lily - At once my happiest and hardiest flower to grow. Their little faces, about 1.5 inches across, hardly show up and then they are gone. They open in the sun only and can get damaged by something that attacks the Rhizome, similar to the problem I have with some Iris's. I have to spray twice in the spring with a systemic treatment. These little lilies mostly decide where they want to grow. They have taken up roosting right at the street side curb. I guess they like something in the cement. There is hardly any room to stake with some bamboo for support.

These are just some of the delightful colors of the Candy Lily. I always have to make a special effort to visit these guys when they are blooming, mid to late summer. We hope the people making their way to and from work along the sidewalk enjoy them.

Family: Iridaceae (Iris)
Genus: x Pardancanda
Species: norrisii
Type: Perennial
Flowering: Mid to Late Summer
Zones: 5-9
Light: Partial Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: Average to Fertile, Moist, Well-Drained
Height: 2-3 feet
Propagation: Seed in Fall or Rhizome Division in Spring
Colors: White, Orange, Yellow, Pink, Red, Purple and Bi-colored
Origin: Cross between Belamcanda chinensis and Pardanthopsis dichotoma

1 comment:

Stir said...

What has Jenny been up to lately??