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Scarlet River Lily

Hesperantha coccinea

Also known as

Crimson Flag, River Lily, Rivierlelie, Rooirivierlelie (Afr.), Khahlana (Sesotho)

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Scarlet River Lily Overview

Hesperantha coccinea is a fast-growing, attractive marshland species that forms dense clumps if planted in a moist spot in the garden. Given a couple of years, it can create a spectacular display of crimson red, pink or white flowers in any garden. This species is low maintenance and has the ability to self-seed​. This plant can even be brought inside to be enjoyed after sunset. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.

How to harvest Scarlet River Lily

Harvest beautiful flowers in mid summer months for floral arrangements.

How to propagate Scarlet River Lily

Seed

Sow seeds during spring at a depth of 1 cm and space them 10 cm apart. Sow directly into the desired area in the garden or in seed trays with a well-drained potting mixture. Keep moist.

Division

Divide the tubers any time from early summer until autumn and plant offsets to a depth of 1 cm and space them 10 cm apart.

Special features of Scarlet River Lily

Attracts useful insects

This species attracts butterflies and flies.

Pot plant

This species is great for a pot as it can be moved to preferred areas. Can bring inside when in bloom. Can submerge the potted plant in water.

Wet sites

This species originates from marshland areas, making it an ideal plant to place in wet sites.

Attractive flowers

Attracts butterflies

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