Scarlet River Lily
Also known as
Crimson Flag, River Lily, Rivierlelie, Rooirivierlelie (Afr.), Khahlana (Sesotho), Kaffir lily
Hesperantha coccinea-001 by https://www.jjharrison.com.au/ (CC BY-SA 3.0)
3 years to reach maturity
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
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.
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.
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.
This species originates from marshland areas, making it an ideal plant to place in wet sites.
Other uses of Scarlet River Lily
Walls, rock garden, borders, flower arranging
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