Wand Flower

Dierama pulcherrimum

Fairy's Fishing Rods, Fairy's Wand, Angel's Fishing Rods, Wedding Bells

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This extraordinary graceful species forms large clumps with tall, grass-like, green leaves. It has beautiful arching flower stalks with dangling pink bell flowers and once fully established it will likely have a really long flowering period during summer months. This species flourishes in areas receiving summer rainfall, but can grow in any garden with regular summer watering.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest the tall flower stalk in summer months for flower arrangements. Harvest seeds when ripe and sow immediately in the spring

Propagation

Seed

Sow during spring when temperatures start to increase. Sow to a depth of 3-5 mm, and space 20 cm apart in deep seed trays. Re-pot seedlings during their 2nd season. Plant out during 3rd season.

Division

Only divide large clumps after the flowering period and replant immediately. Plant the corm-offsets at a depth of 4 cm and space them 20 cm apart.

Special features

Attracts birds

This species attracts small nectar drinking birds.

Attracts useful insects

It attracts bees, butterflies, and beetles.

Drought resistant

It requires water in the summer, but only needs very little.

Pot plant

Great for any large sized pot placed alongside a water feature.

Wet sites

Bulbs must be kept dry and out of water, but plants looks spectacular if placed next to a pond, lake, stream or river.

Special features

Origin

Eastern mountainous regions of Southern Africa

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Ornamental

Dierama is most effectively displayed on raised banks overhanging garden ponds, but can also be used in many other parts of the garden such as in rockeries or borders, provided it received sufficient sunlight.

Personality

Family

Iridaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple

Scent

Mild

Problems

The foliage of this genus is susceptible to attack from rust fungus and red spider mites.

Related Problems

Companion plants

Plant alongside small shrubs and annuals.
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