Schizostylis coccinea
Garden Plant Information

Schizostylis_coccinea

 

Name

Schizostylis coccinea (also called crimson flag lily and kaffir lily)

Genus  

Schizostylis

Species

coccinea

Cultivar/variety

General description

Vigorous, rhizomatous perennial grown for showy spikes of flowers in late summer and autumn. Useful for end of season colour and for cutting.

Season of interest

 

Late summer and autumn.

Key horticultural features

  1. Habit - upright, clump-forming. H: 60cm S: 30cm

  2. Leaves -  erect, narrow, keeled, sword-shaped leaves, up to 40cm long, with distinct mid-ribs.

  3. Flowers -  spikes of four to 14 pink, cup-shaped blooms, approx 2cm across.

Cultural details

Aspect

Full sun.

Soil

Well-drained, moisture retentive.

Hardiness

Hardy to -10c but flowers may be damaged by frost.

Maintenance

Mulch in winter with compost and shelter from cold winds. Ensure that the root run is kept moist in summer.

Propagation

By division of clumps in spring. Seed can be sown in spring, but cultivars may not come true.

 

 

 

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Published: 21-10-2005

Updated:  05-12-2006