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Iris domestica 'Freckle Face'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Species: domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Freckle Face

Synonym:Belamcanda chinensis

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32 members have or want this plant for trade.

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15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Awards (if applicable):
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6 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bazil323 On May 15, 2012, bazil323 from Cameron, WI (Zone 3b) wrote:

I bought one of these from a local greenhouse last summer when I realized I had no late summer blooming plants there, and when I saw how lovely the flowers were, I just had to get more. Well, I was too late and didn't find any. I mailordered 20 little plantlets this spring because I just had to put this in more beds. The seeds add interest even in fall when everything else is looking pretty sad. Came through our rather mild Wisconsin winter just fine but will have to wait to see how well in normal winter it fares.

Positive Bea_Outdoors On Sep 2, 2010, Bea_Outdoors from Beverly, MA wrote:

I trade a lot of plants to help expand my garden. I can't even remember who gave me this plant. Late last year I put it in a nice sunny flower bed that drains well, and it did very well this year. I now have three plants, each one had so many flowers it was insane. They seemed to bloom for over a month. The flowers look so delicate, are like nothing else I have in my garden, and the twist in them has made everyone who looks at them smile. Yesterday I went out to look and saw some of the seed pods opened, and saved them to be able to grow more in a different location. I'm praying I didn't take the seeds too soon. I love this plant, and will try to grow some at our summer camp in NH next year.

Positive paulamak13 On Mar 7, 2010, paulamak13 from sangudo, AB wrote:

I lived near Red Deer AB a few years ago and started some of these seeds indoors. In late spring, I planted my seedlings outdoors on the west side of my house and it grew wonderfully. To my surprise it also came back every year without any protection whatsoever. My flowers thou, were all purple. The seed package said it was Belamcanda "leopard mixed colors" from Thompson & Morgan. I now live 2 hours north and I am hoping to find another package of seeds and try again. I have a photo i will try to post

Positive mswestover On Oct 2, 2009, mswestover from Yulee, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Returns each year in NE Florida. Beautiful blooms and a lot of seed pods.

Positive zak1962 On Aug 1, 2008, zak1962 from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

At 6 ft tall in it's second year here in Pittsburgh (Zone 6A), this plant is a 'show stopper'. The tiny 1-1 1/2" flowers only last a day, but there are so plentiful that this plant will give almost a months worth of show. Day two the leaves are closed and form a delightful corkscrew as the seed pods begin to form. (The picture to the right as taken this morning after deadheading almost 100 spent flowers.)

Positive hanna1 On Dec 16, 2005, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Sword-shaped Iris-like leaves 1'-2' tall, 2" freckled flowers, Blooming August-September. Winter hardy to zone 5. Flowers and blackberry like seeds are beautiful in arangements.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)
Gadsden, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Piedmont, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Barling, Arkansas
Castro Valley, California
Lompoc, California
Stamford, Connecticut
Deland, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Satellite Beach, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Yulee, Florida
Athens, Georgia
Divernon, Illinois
Metamora, Illinois
Moline, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois
Hubbard, Iowa
Barbourville, Kentucky
Pikesville, Maryland
West Friendship, Maryland
Beverly, Massachusetts
Westport Point, Massachusetts
Wrentham, Massachusetts
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
De Soto, Missouri
Raymore, Missouri
Bellevue, Nebraska
Auburn, New Hampshire
Greenville, New Hampshire
Ocean Grove, New Jersey
Cicero, New York
Cornwall On Hudson, New York
Fuquay Varina, North Carolina
Lexington, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)
Stanley, North Carolina
Edmond, Oklahoma
Bluffton, South Carolina
Bristol, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Lebanon, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Fabens, Texas
Gainesville, Texas
Hawkins, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Blacksburg, Virginia
Bellevue, Washington
Altoona, Wisconsin
Cameron, Wisconsin
Oconto, Wisconsin

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