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Schizostylis deserves to be much better known for its ability to bloom in autumn and puts on a good show despite worsening weather. The plants resemble small clumps of fragile gladioli with long thin foliage and upright flower-spikes, each topped by several flowers like wide open crocus. Schizostylis coccinea 'Jennifer' has pale-pink flowers, 5cm (2in) across. Grow it in small clumps to make a really impressive display. Blooms also last well as cut flowers. The RHS has awarded this plant its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.
Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb
Flower colour: Pink
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy
Hardiness: Half hardy
Skill level: Experienced
Time to divide plants: March to May
Flowering period: September to October
I bought a medium sized pot of this plant whilst on holiday in Norfolk last October. As I was unsure exactly where I wanted to plant it in my garden I placed the pot underneath a Pierua for shelter over winter. To my surprise after the flower spikes had died down, new ones began to appear. Flowers began to open in late January early February and it is still flowering away beautifully. I think this plant has just told me where it would like to be !
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