Schizostylis coccinea (also called crimson flag lily and kaffir lily)
Vigorous, rhizomatous perennial grown for showy spikes of flowers in late summer and autumn. Useful for end of season colour and for cutting.
Late summer and autumn.
Habit - upright, clump-forming. H: 60cm S: 30cm
Leaves - erect, narrow, keeled, sword-shaped leaves, up to 40cm long, with distinct mid-ribs.
Flowers - spikes of four to 14 pink, cup-shaped blooms, approx 2cm across.
Well-drained, moisture retentive.
Hardy to -10c but flowers may be damaged by frost.
Mulch in winter with compost and shelter from cold winds. Ensure that the root run is kept moist in summer.
By division of clumps in spring. Seed can be sown in spring, but cultivars may not come true.
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