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Clear Mountain Garden TreasuresCulture and Germination - Kafir Lily

stolon
A horizontal branch or running stem
that gives rise to new plants.
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crown
A part of a plant
where leaves and sometimes roots grow from.
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Kafir Lily

Flower
Family Iridaceae
Name Hesperantha coccinea
Common Name Kafir Lily

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Hesperantha coccinea is a bog plant from South Africa that thrives on poorly drained soils. It produces red flowers in the Autumn and a smaller flush in the Spring. The leaves look like broad glass blades. It spreads slowly by underground stolons.

Culture

Full sun to part shade is ideal for this plant. Deep shade can be tolerated but flowering will decrease somewhat. Cut off the flower spike after the flowers have faded, or alternatively, the spikes make very good cut flower, lasting a long time in a vase.

It prefers wet rich soils, boggy soils and stream banks, but will grow in pretty much any soil. If the soil is very free draining, such as sandy soils, incorporate clay, peat and compost into the sand, and mulch well. Water well in the Summer, but it seems OK if there is a short period of dryness.

When you receive your plants, you will need to plant them in the ground immediately, then water well. Plant the crown approximately 2-3cm deep. Apply a bark mulch - which should also support the plant. If for any reason you are not able to plant them in the ground immediately, then put them in a 10cm pot of ordinary potting and water well until you are ready to put them in.

If you decide to plant in a container, use a wide shallow container and a deeper saucer. You only need to empty the saucer every month or so. Use ordinary potting mix. Repot and split every second year.


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