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Dierama

Fairy Wand Flower

This spectacular little-known corm comes from South Africa and enhances just about any design situation, especially when it can be viewed from below. Surprisingly tough and undeniably enchanting, Fairy Wands withstand coastal winds and fairly low temperatures, while preferring good drainage.

Aptly named ‘Autumn Sparkler’s singular statement is its glowing lilac-pink blooms, which are positioned in a unique upward-facing, nonpendulous manner, appearing in the autumn long after others in the genus have dwindled. Embellished with uncommon eye-shaped markings at the base of each petal and looking a bit like an Ixia, the somewhat open, close-set flowers become an easy-to-view beacon of late season loveliness on taut erect wands. A coveted, rare plant found only in the small South African region known as Ngome, this Dierama’s tidy compact clump deserves a protected, well-traveled haunt. 

Blooms August–October

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

A richly hued hybrid most likely parented by Dierama ‘Cosmos’ and Dierama robustum, this vigorous Dierama sprouts tough, slender, grass-style foliage plus fine fishing rod-like stems adorned with deep purple-maroon flowers. Stage the dainty drooping panicles of flared trumpet-shaped blooms waterside and watch the slightest breeze set them in motion.

Blooms June–August

Size: 3-1/2' – 4-1/4' high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Thin stems gracefully bow from the weight of pretty, pendulous pale pink to bright magenta flower bells that gather towards the tips. Decorative open blooms with curved back petals dress up a low growing, narrow bladed tuft. Inhabiting higher altitudes, this species possesses a welcome fortitude for slightly colder temperatures.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 20" – 2' 0" high x 12" wide.

Zone 6/7.

<i>Dierama igneum</i>

Adorned with dainty, wide-flaring lilac to rosy pink flowers, this vigorous Dierama sports a smaller stature than Dierama pulcherrimum. Found in the open grasslands of South Africa, D. igneum entertains a wealth of pendulous blooms that cast a lighthearted charm wherever they unfurl.

Blooms July–September

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Narrow evergreen blade-like leaves, supple slender stems and silver-laced papery calyces set the stage for a beguiling floral display of pendent fairy-style bells suffused in deep lavish blackberry shades. Position ‘Merlin’ against a golden-leafed or steel-hued backdrop, supply well-drained soil with adequate summer water and enjoy the magic.

Blooms June–August

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

With fairy-tale appeal, ample-sized bright lilac blooms are suspended from sturdy arching stems. The vigorous grasslike foliage maintains a fairly low profile beneath a bounty of flared flowers.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

The splendid, narrow pink flowers and papery, pearlescent calyces are clustered on strong, yet ultrathin nodding stems above low slender foliage. One of the earliest Dieramas to bloom, this delicate looking dwarf evergreen species is a comely candidate for the rockery, a patio container or small-scale settings.

Blooms June–August

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Arising from tall clumps of upright, grasslike blades, graceful curving canes display pendant and wide-flaring, purplish pink flowers. This Dierama’s profusion of charming, bell-shaped blossoms can be coupled with yellow blooming Phygelius ‘Moonraker’ for a festive effect.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Even though ‘Alba’ is smaller than Dierama pulcherrimum, it has larger, white, more bell-styled flowers that brightly charm its thin supple stems, unusual chartreuse calyxes, and slender less flexible, more upright leaves. This nimble-looking evergreen can be nestled into paving cracks along a terrace or sited near a pool and is most extraordinary when backlit and planted en masse.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Dierama pulcherrimum (P-0060)

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AVAILABLE SPRING 2021

<i>Dierama pulcherrimum</i> <i>Dierama pulcherrimum</i>

Like a kinetic sculpture in the wind, this Dierama’s elegant pink bellflowers dangle from strong, wiry stems that arch above its stiff, linear foliage. As a specimen against a darker background or on a slope, Dierama pulcherrimum will bring drama to your garden.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Dierama pulcherrimum ‘Dark Cerise’ (P-1648)

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AVAILABLE SPRING 2021

Thin stems gracefully bow from the weight of lovely, pendulous floral bells infused with dark cherry-purple hues. The vivid pageantry dresses up a clump of narrow tapered blades that’s similar to the species.

Blooms June – August

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

In a painterly fashion, each lovely pale pink bell features a darker brush stroke along its tips. Fishing pole-thin stems showcase the draped splendor above a mound of narrow blade-like leaves.

Blooms June–August

Size: 3-1/2' – 4' 0" high x 3-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

A study in delicacy, ethereal-looking pale pink flowers dangle from tall arching lean stems, appearing more bell-shaped and less flared than those of Dierama. pendulum. ‘Silver Dawn’s thick grassy evergreen clumps can grace the rockery or a raised bank with Salvia ‘Vatican White’ nearby.

Blooms June–August

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Borne on lithe stems, large pure white bells fall like a mesmerizing flurry of snowflakes. The luminous display dances above an Iris-styled clump that is slightly stiff and tinged with a bluish hue.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Exhibiting the grace of a dancer, its thin arching stems present pendulous, flared bells, ranging in color from milky white to mauve pink. One of the tallest Dierama species and quite hardy, the sizable clumps of imposing blades and dainty flowers look especially alluring in a container.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 5' 0" – 6' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

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