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Hesperantha coccinea 'Major' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Red in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

crimson flag lily 'Major'

Family

Iridaceae


Hesperantha are semi-evergreen, rhizomatous perennials with narrowly sword-shaped, erect leaves and spikes of starry or bowl-shaped flowers from late summer to late autumn

'Major' is a vigorous clump-forming perennial to 60cm in height, with grassy light green leaves and erect stems bearing lax spikes of up to 10 crimson-scarlet flowers 5-6cm in width, from late summer

Other common names

  • kaffir lily 'Major'

Synonym(s)

  • Schizostylis coccinea grandiflora
  • Schizostylis coccinea 'Gigantea'
  • Schizostylis coccinea 'Grandiflora'
  • Schizostylis coccinea 'Major'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Shelter from cold drying winds; provide an organic mulch in winter

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Loam, Chalk or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cut Flowers, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean Climate Plants or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering, cut down stems after flowering

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free