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Dierama argyreum

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D. argyreum is a cormous perennial forming a clump of narrow, grass-like, semi-evergreen foliage. In mid- to late summer produces tall, arching stems with hanging, white, bell-shaped flowers opening from pale, greenish-yellow buds, followed by decorative, silvery-brown seedheads

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green Brown
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Iridaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Dierama are evergreen, clump-forming cormous perennials with long, narrow leaves and slender arching stems bearing nodding, bell-shaped flowers in summer

Name status

Correct

Plant range
SE Africa

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in humus-rich, well-drained soil in a sheltered situation with full sun

Propagation

Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe, or by division in spring. Young plants and divisions can be slow to establish

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Tidy any winter-damaged foliage by cutting to the base in spring

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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