Beautiful, long-lasting flowers offer a splash of fresh colour this autumn.
Hesperantha, also known as schizostylis and kaffir lilies, are like a cross between a gladiolus and crocus with their clumps of grassy leaves and slender stems of starry flowers. In fact, they’re distantly related to both and come from South Africa, the original home of most gladioli.
The plants have a creeping rootstock and form dense clumps of foliage that is more or less evergreen, but Hesperantha are valued most for their beautiful flowers that open over many weeks and that are a splash of fresh colour in the autumn. Once planted they can be left alone for many years. They make perfect cut flowers for the house too!
Keeping Hesperanthas happy
- Use moist soil and plant in a sunny spot to grow Hesperantha
- If you have dry soil grow them on the patio in a pot.
- If they become crowded in the border, split them and then replant in spring.
FACT: The original name of schizostylis came from the split style in the centre of the flower, which looks like three threads of cotton.
Find out the six best Hesperantha in our latest issue of Garden News, 17th of September, in stores now!