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Hesperantha coccinea 'Jennifer' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Winter

Foliage

Pale 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 'Jennifer'

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

'Jennifer' is an herbaceous perennial to 60cm in height, forming a clump of erect, grassy light green leaves, and upright stems bearing loose spikes of cup-shaped, mid-pink flowers up to 6cm in width

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-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
  • Chalk, Loam, Sand or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering, cut down stems in winter

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free