Dierama: Wand Flower or Angel’s Fishing Rod
Height 90-180cm (3-6ft)
Planting distance 23-60cm (9-24in)
Flowers late summer to mid autumn
Sunny sheltered site
Corms available in early spring or autumn
Two Dierama species are commonly available – Dierama pulcherrimum and the smaller D. pendulum. They have long narrow grass-like leaves, joined in late summer and autumn by graceful curving stems bearing drooping heads of purple-red. The plants, which are hardy in all but the coldest districts, look superb grown in gaps in surrounding a garden pool.
Grow in well-drained soil enriched with organic matter. Choose a sunny sheltered site, although partial shade is tolerated. Plant the corms in early or(mid spring in a cold garden), or in autumn, 7.5-10cm (3-4in) deep and 23-60cm (9-24in) apart. After flowering, remove the stems and cut back damaged or dying leaves. In cold districts protect with a winter mulch but otherwise leave them alone.
Plants may be increased by lifting and separating the offsets in mid spring. Plant them in a nursery bed and grow on until they reach flowering size.
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