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Pardancanda (par-dan-CAN-duh)

Common Name:  Candy lily

Light:  - Full sun to part sun

Soil:  Average to loamy, well-drained

Moisture:  Average to dry

Blooms:  Summer

Zones:  5 - 9


Pardancanda norrisii (mixed colors)

Pardancanda 'Sangria'

Pardancanda Description and Cultural Information

Pardancanda norrisii, candy lily. 36". Candy lilies are hybrids between Belamcanda chinensis and Pardanthopsis dichotoma. They are very similar to Belamcanda but with larger flowers in a wider range of colors from blue and purples through yellows, reds, oranges, and bi-colors, with or without dark spots on the petals. Individual blooms last for one day but keep coming for weeks. They have iris like foliage and are often mistaken for iris, especially when they first emerge. Pardancanda 'Sangria' is a nice purple strain with deep purple and golden yellow patterned petals with some variablility from plant to plant.

How to Grow:  Plant Pardancanda in average to rich, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Plants divide easily in spring or late summer. Plants often self sow, but the seedlings are easily transplanted or weeded out. If fungul or bacterial leaf spot become a problem, trim off affected foliage and move plants to a location with more sun, better drainage, and better air circulation. As an Iris relative, watch and treat for Iris borers.

Landscape uses:  Candy lilies look great as a vertical accent with other summer blooming plants such as baby's breath (Gypsophila), Liatris, daisies, Russian sage, Veronica, and daylilies. The black seed pods are attractive in late summer and fall.

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