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Schizostylis coccinea 'Jennifer'

Schizostylis

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Key information

Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Half hardy

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

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. This variety 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 ofn Garden Merit.

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Schizostylis

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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