Belamcanda chinensis, Iris Domestica, Leopard Lily, Leopard Flower, She Gan, Freckle Face, Hello Yellow, Candy Lily, Беламканда китайская, Fleur Léopard, Leopardenblume, Belamcanda
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Blackberry lily plant is a perennial herb, 50 to 120cm in height. Rhizome is bright yellow and with many fibrous roots. Stems are erect. Flat gladiolus-like leaves look like a fan, arranged into 2 rows, 25 to 60cm long, 2 to 4cm wide, green, and often with white powder, acuminate apex, clasping base, and parallel veins. Racemes are acrogenous and binary; stalk base is with membranous bracts, which are ovate to lanceolate and about 1cm long; blackberry lily flower is 3 to 5cm in diameter; perianths are 6, in 2 whorls, and the 3 of inner whorl are smaller; tepals are oval, dark orange, 2 to 2.5cm long, 1 cm wide, and with obtuse apex, narrow base, and red spots; stamens are 3, shorter than perianth, and with outgoing anthers; inferior ovary are with 3 rooms. Bar-shaped style is with shallow 3-lobed stigma. Blackberry lily berries are oval, 2.5 to 3.5cm long, and with 3 edges, and three lobes when mature. Blackberry lily seeds are black and nearly spherical.
Flavonoids , isoflavonoids , glucosides , belamcandin , tectoridin , shekanin , iridin .
Bloom time is from July to September and fruiting time is from August to October. And the one collected in autumn is believed with better healing properties.
Rhizome and root
- Sore throat,
- Swollen liver and spleen,
- Acute hepatitis,
- Prostate cancer,
- Lung cancer
The blackberry lily as a Chinese herb and it is locally used in Chinese villages for its medicinal values.Blackberry lily is a bitter and cooling herb, but slightly toxic. Important functions are removing heat and toxic substance, expelling phlegm, relieving sore throat, breaking stasis. Main blackberry lily uses and indications include swelling and pain in throat, cough, and asthma with an accumulation of phlegm, scrofula, tuberculosis, swollen liver and spleen, abdominal mass, and boils. Recommended dosage is from 5 to 10 grams in decoction. Or it can be used in the forms of blackberry lily flower essence, extract, pills, powder, dried root and fresh juice.
Blackberry lily is a herb with the line of beauty. It is often cultivated for the purpose of garden landscaping or grown as ornamental potted plants. To many people’s surprise, it turns out to be also a medical plant, especially its rhizome.
With a very low toxicity blackberry lily is edible if properly prepared. From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, long-term use of it would make people weaker. Since it is of bitter-cold nature, it shouldn’t be used during pregnancy and in cases of loose stools caused by spleen deficiency.
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