Hesperantha coccinea 'Jennifer'


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Key information

Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


Hesperantha coccinea 'Jennifer'

Plant details

Hesperantha coccinea is a fantastic autumn-flowering plant, bearing delicate pink-red flowers as everything else in the garden dies down. The plants resemble small clumps of fragile gladioli with long thin foliage and upright flower-spikes, each topped by several flowers resembling wide open crocus.

Hesperantha coccinea 'Jennifer' has pale-pink blooms, and makes an excellent cut flower. For best results grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. The RHS has awarded this plant its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Hesperantha

Species: coccinea

Cultivar: Jennifer

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 50cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: September to October

Reader reviews

susan Ashcroft

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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