• Eventual height: 0.6m
  • Eventual spread: 0.3m

Hesperantha coccinea 'Major'

crimson flag or schizostylis

RHS award of garden merit
9cm pot £9.99
£29.97 £27.00
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This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: August to September
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need protection in winter)

    Stiff, upright stems of large, deep red, gladiolus-like flowers in August and September above narrow, mid-green leaves. These eye-catching crimson flag lilies (or Schizostylis) provide vertical interest and a late splash of colour when many summer flowers are coming to a close. Perfect for a sheltered sunny, moist but well-drained border, they make excellent cut flowers.

  • Garden care: Apply lots of well-rotted garden compost or manure when planting. Water during dry spells and deadhead regularly. After flowering remove the faded flowerspikes and protect the crown of the plant with a deep, dry winter mulch. Lift and divide congested plants every two or three years in spring.
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