This clump forming rhizomaceous evergreen plant highlights the garden at a time when most other are done. The bright scarlet blooms on 18″ tall stems screams out against the rock wall in Gondwana. They supposedly come in various shades from pink to deep red and lavender.
Outward-facing, six-petaled, cup-shaped flowers (each to 2 1/2″ wide) bloom from late summer to fall on leafless, gladiolus-like, one-sided spikes (to 2′ tall) which rise from a clump of narrow linear grass-like basal leaves (to 18″ long). Each flower spike contains 4-14 flowers. In warm winter climates, bloom may continue into winter with foliage remaining essentially evergreen.
Species Meaning: Scarlet
Schizostylis coccinea is native to South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland.
Large clumps may be divided in spring.
Seed can be sown immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C.
My notes show that I did start some from seed, but that was before I was keeping much in the way of records. It was labeled ‘Deep Pink’. Not sure if they are still growing on in pots or if they perished.
Sown 4/22/18. Put on heat.
5/6 several sprouting
6/8 All germinated.
12/30 doing well in the greenhouse
Synonym: Hesperantha – From the Greek hesperos (evening) and anthos (flower); the flowers open late in the day (hes-per-ANTH-uh)
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20130
Found in Gondwana,
First tier on the right when looking from the street
We acquired this plant from Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy.