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

Well-drained fertile soil

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 flowers. The plants, which are hardy in all but the coldest districts, look superb grown in gaps in paving surrounding a garden pool.

Cultivation

Dierama pulcherrimum

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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 (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.

Propagation

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.

Pests and diseases

Trouble free.

22. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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