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Dierama pulcherrimum Slieve Donard Hybrids

Angel's fishing rod

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


Dierama pulcherrimum Slieve Donard Hybrids

Plant details

One of the horticultural highlights of midsummer is viewing Dierama pulcherrimum in full flower. Resembling a fishing rod, long, aching spikes rise above the grass-like leaves, each one drooping under the weight of pendular pink bells. To get the full benefit of this trouble-free plant, grow it in a sheltered spot in full sun. Dierama pulcherrimum Slieve Donard Hybrids produce paler blooms, in June and July.

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Dierama

Species: pulcherrimum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 120cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: June to July

Reader reviews


I have this growing in a gravel bed with grasses and it is beautiful. Well worth growing. My only criticism is that once it has flowered it does look very untidy. I stake it and use garden twine to support the long strappy leaves.


Do you cut it back every year? Mine is in clay soil but has not flowered, have cut it back once but taking ages to grow back. I think it's days are numbered.

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