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Dierama pauciflorum

few-flowered wandflower

D. pauciflorum forms dense clumps of short leaves about 30-40cm high. Reddish-pink hanging flowers are produced in summer on arching stems slightly taller than the foliage

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

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Iridaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
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
S & E Africa

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in humus-rich, well-drained soil in a sheltered situation with full sun. Avoid planting in soils prone to staying wet. Further dierama cultivation advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe. They may resent disturbance so leave until really congested before division of clumps in spring. Do not allow the corms to dry out. They may take 1-2 years to flower freely again

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

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

Pests

Generally trouble-free. Can be damaged by winter cold and wet

Diseases

Generally trouble-free

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