Logo

Candy Lily (Pardancandra norrisii)


Light:

Full sun at least half of the day

Flowering:

Late summer. Attractive seed heads.

Soil:

Any well-drained soil

Height:

30 to 40 inches

Color:

Various colors, some spotted

Hardiness:

Zone 4

Uses:

Mixed borders. cutting. Toad for late season color.

Care:

Fairly easy. Good drainage is important. Divide every 3 to 4 years in the spring to maintain vigor.

Native:

No

Comments:

Despite its name Candy Lily actually originates from the iris family. It is an interesting specimen that I've found to be quite hardy despite the fact that many references cite it as a zone 5 plant. The multi-colored (and sometimes speckled) blooms appear atop 3 foot branching stems from midsummer on. They can be cut for fresh bouquets or the mature seed pods can be used for dried arrangements.

Candy Lily will do best in full sun except in very hot or dry situations where it will benefit from some afternoon shade. It is not fussy about soil as long as it does not remain soggy for extended periods. New plants should be spaced about a foot apart. Division will be needed every 2 to 3 years. Winter survival will be improved with regular division and the use of a loose, dry winter mulch.

thevagary.com copyright © 2000-2017 the Vagary