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    Candy Lily

    Pardancanda x norrisii

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    Candy Lily (Pardancanda x norrisii) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Candy Lily flowers

    Candy Lily flowers

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    Plant Height:  24 inches

    Flower Height:  3 feet

    Spacing:  15 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  5a

    Other Names:  Orchid Iris

    Description:

    This is one of the more unique plants you can welcome into your garden, with its spider-like flowers in purple, red and yellow, sometimes spotted; an ideal size for the garden and an unusual display of breathtaking blooms

    Ornamental Features

    Candy Lily features unusual purple spider-like flowers with yellow overtones at the ends of the stems from mid to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive sword-like leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. The fruits are showy black drupes displayed in late summer.

    Landscape Attributes

    Candy Lily is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

    This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Candy Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • Rock/Alpine Gardens
    • Border Edging
    • General Garden Use

    Planting & Growing

    Candy Lily will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years.

    This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
    Characteristics
    Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden 
    Applications
    Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
    Ornamental Features

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