Hesperantha coccinea 'Wilfred H Bryant'
(synonym Schizostylis 'Pink Princess')
Crimson flag lily
These South African bulbs grow naturally in wetter parts of the Eastern Cape where summers are warm and wet but winters cold and dry.
In the UK they are grown for their gladiolus like spikes of open cup flowers that can be produced well into the winter months particularly if given shelter from cold, drying winds and excessive wet. In South Africa plants are evergreen but in most British gardens they'll die back in very late winter before reappearing in very late spring.
Hardiness could be a problem in cold, wet gardens however they can as with many bulbs be potted up and then bedded out in summer.
Thankfully Wilfred H. Bryant (Pink Princess) is one of the hardiest varieties and a very girly, delicate shade of pale pink.
Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Provide an organic mulch in winter.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Moist, well drained
Full sun, shelter
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