Dierama is a genus in the Iridaceae and is commonly known as Fairy's Fishing Rods or Fairy's Wand. Its cultivars produce graceful flower shoots bearing flowers of a range of colours from white through to dark red. It retains some foliage throughout most winters in the temperate zone but its principal over-wintering stage is a corm or rather a chain of corms similar to those of Crocosmia species. The genus name is derived from the Greek word dierama, meaning "funnel", and alludes to the shape of the flower.
Found in Natal, it has wands which are stiff, rather than arching, sport close-packed clusters of brightest fluorescent pink, outward-facing, not pendant, bells.
USDA Zone - 8
Season to Sow - Spring
Photos with credit to the late Rod and Rachel Saunders, eminent experts on South African indigenous flora.
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