- Flowering Time
- Planting Time
- Flowering Height
- 50-60 cm
- Bulb Size
- Top Size
- Reds & Burgundy
Also known as the ‘Crimson Flag Lily’, Schizostylis ‘Coccinea’ is sure to capture attention, enlivening your autumn garden with its pillar-box red blooms. Held on upright spires, the scarlet, saucer-shaped flowers open fully in the sunshine and retire in the evening, demurely folding their petals shut at night. This variety is a large cultivar of the type species, found growing in drifts in South African marshland. Related to the Flag Iris, Schizostylis relishes similarly moist, fertile conditions. This vigorous, clump-forming, hardy perennial produces an increasingly impressive show year after year, naturalising into splendid swathes of late-season colour.
Plant bulbs outdoors in late spring, 5cm deep into soil which has been amended with plenty of organic matter. Plant in groups, spacing bulbs 15-30cm apart.
Schizostylis will thrive in a sheltered, sunny border in well-drained, moisture retentive soil. Water the ground well during the summer months and periods of dry weather.
The pink or scarlet flowers are wonderful for cutting, blooming from September until December in milder regions.
Provide winter protection with a layer of leaf mould, compost or straw.